Netherlands to remove gender from ID cards

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Source: CT

The Dutch government is set to remove gender from ID cards. The change is due to come into effect five years from now and is partly being made to reduce costs, Dutch news website Trouw reports. Education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven laid out the plans in a letter to parliament, in which she said that having to state gender was “unnecessary” and hurtful to members of the LGBTQ+ community. She claimed that having to state gender on ID cards was a barrier to “fully participating in the society.”The announcement follows lobbying by a number of pro-trans organisations in the Netherlands, who have welcomed her announcement.

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