Malta Officially Has Its First Gender-Neutral Citizen

The unknown person has their gender marked as 'X' on their ID card and passport


An unknown Maltese person has made history today after becoming the first person in the country to be officially recognised as gender neutral. 

Parliamentary secretary for reforms Julia Farrugia announced in a tweet that Identity Malta has issued its first ID card and passport marked with a gender-neutral ‘X’ instead of the  standard  ‘M’ or ‘F’. 

“Malta is truly an inclusive country where everyone is equal without prejudice,” she said. 

This option has been part of Maltese law since the Gender Identity Act passed back in 2015, but was only made technically possible last September after Identity Malta updated its software.  

People wishing to change the sex on their documents must take an oath in the presence of a notary, and send it - along with the standard application - to Identity Malta.  

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