French court in landmark 'neutral' intersex ruling

Case brought by 64-year-old registered as male at birth

(ANSA) - Paris, October 14 - A French court has upheld the right of an intersex person to be identified as 'neutral' in the civil register, media reported Wednesday.
    The sentence, dating to August 20, represents the first time a European court has recognised the right of an individual to go beyond the binary definition of male and female. The judges in Tours ruled in favour of a 64-year-old who was born with a "rudimentary vagina" and "micropenis" and without testes. The child was registered as male at birth, but during adolescence he realised he wasn't a boy.
    "I had no beard, my muscles didn't develop; at the same time, it was impossible to think I could become a woman," the person told 20 Minutes. "I only had to look in the mirror to understand this." The Tours authorities will now have to modify the birth certificate as a result of the sentence.
    "It is not a matter of recognising the existence of a 'third sex' but of acknowledging the impossibility of defining the interested party as this or that sex," the judges said in their ruling.