Belgium does not want to state gender on identity cards in the future.

In addition, it should be possible to register a non-binary gender.

The Belgian newspaper

De Standaard

reported this

on Tuesday based on policy notes for 2022 and spokespersons for the Belgian State Secretary for Equal Opportunities Sarah Schlitz.

Politicians are already working on a bill.

"Once the final technical aspects have been cleared up, we want to implement this quickly," the newspaper quoted a Schlitz spokesperson as saying.

One possible obstacle is that removing gender from identity cards could make travel more difficult.

Incidentally, the Belgian government continues to register the gender of a person in its database.

In a next phase, the government wants to look at how the government can register a gender in an "inclusive way", the newspaper reports.

Belgium has had to take action since 2019 because the Constitutional Court then overturned the transgender law.

Under Belgian rules, non-binary persons cannot register as such, while they do not specifically identify themselves as male or female.

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Delete gender is preferred over gender 'x'

According to

De Standaard

, Belgian politicians have also considered allowing an 'x' on identity cards from now on.

This is already possible in the Netherlands: in 2018, a gender-neutral passport was issued here for the first time.

In our country, too, gender will probably no longer be mentioned on identity cards in the future, but the intended policy change will not take place until 2024 or 2025.

The registration will still be on passports, because this has to be done according to European agreements.

The upcoming Belgian law should also solve a second problem for the southern neighbors.

For example, a Belgian in his own country can currently change gender once without any problems, but an "exceptional reason" is necessary every next time, according to

De Standaard


This is problematic for gender fluids, who can identify with a different gender every day.