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The Netherlands has issued its first gender-neutral passport, BBC reported.

Leonne Zeegers, 57, received a passport with the gender designation X, instead of M for man or V for woman.

Born male, in 2001 Zeegers had surgery to become female, but now identifies as intersex.

Zeegers won a lawsuit, with judges ruling that preventing a registration as gender neutral amounted to a "violation of private life, self-determination and personal autonomy".

About 4% of the Dutch public identifies as neither male nor female, the BBC's Anna Holligan reports from The Hague.

Despite the ruling, it remains a matter for courts to decide if an individual should receive an X designation for gender.

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