Netherlands to give first gender neutral passport to man who became woman but now can't decide
Leonne Zeegers, from Breda, will receive a document with an ‘X’ in the place where an initial representing male or female would normally be. The initial is to symbolise that the Dutch courts have recognised Zeegers’ rights as an ‘intergender’ person, who feels neither male nor female
The 57-year-old former athlete and nurse won the landmark court victory to identify as gender neutral in June this year.
When born, Zeegers’ gender could not be established, according to Omroep Braband, and a male gender was assigned. But on reaching puberty, Zeegers did not feel like a man and had surgery to become a woman, officially being recognised as female in 2001.
But the Dutch citizen felt more gender neutral and a court has now ruled that this is a legal option.
Three organisations that represent the rights of homosexual, bisexual, transsexual and intergender people, the NNID, TNN and COC, reportedly told Omroep Brabant that the case should be a ‘wake up call for the government’ to make this option possible for everyone in passports and official documents. ■