The government of the Netherlands will remove gender on identity cards in the next four years. The government said it is an “unnecessary” information.
Ingrid van Engelshoven, the country’s education and culture minister informed the parliament to omit gender from IDs “starting from 2024/2025.”
According to the report, the minister said the government will “limit where possible the unnecessary registration of gender.” The government is also acknowledging that such information would still be included on passports in line with European Union regulations.
“The Netherlands will not be the first member state whose ID cards omit gender. The German ID card does not include it,” the minister said in her letter to the parliament.
In addition, she encouraged people to “create their own identity” and enjoy freedom and security.
LGBTI organizations in the country were happy about the minister’s proposition.
“It is excellent news for people who encounter problems with these sorts of categories on their ID cards on a daily basis,” the organization said in a joint statement.
“And it’s also good news for whoever believes that the contents of your underwear do not concern the government or the authorities.”
In 2001, the Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Currently, both the citizens and the government are promoting social acceptance among LGBTI youth.