TF Daily Feed: Colombia Legally Recognizes Non-binary as a Gender

Colombia’s highest court acknowledges non-binary people on a legal basis. Non-binary people should be able to ‘opt-out’ of male and female gender markers on official documents, according to the ruling.

Colombia becomes the latest nation along with Argentina, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, The United States, and India to allow non-binary options on legal documents. The judgment by the high court is the first of its kind in Latin America.

The court has declared that people should be able to have their gender listed on official identity documents. The decision states that ‘the government now must make it possible for non-binary people to opt for this category, with the same guarantees of those who identify officially as binary.’

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The court was pondering on the case of a Colombian-born Dani Garcia Pulgarn, who began a gender transition at the age of 20. Pulgarn petitioned the National Registry of Civil Status in 2019 to have the gender marker on her national ID card changed to a third choice. Initially denied, Pulgarn was later issued a new document with a non-binary gender qualification by the National Registry. “Not only is it required by international law, but it will also go a long way to fostering equality, tolerance and inclusion for all,” said González. Although García identifies as neither man nor woman, she uses ‘she/her’ pronouns.

Activists in Colombia have applauded the decision, believing that the new legal category will sufficiently accommodate non-binary people. The Netherlands was the first country to issue a gender-neutral passport and are planning to discard gender markers from identity documents altogether. Colombia also recently decriminalized abortion within the first twenty-four weeks of pregnancy.

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Feature Image Via Colombia Reports.

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