France to Amend Transgender Sterilization Law

by Admin on October 18, 2016

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The French government has recently decided to change the transgender sterilization law that previously required transgender men and women to undergo surgical or other sterilization to prove that their gender change was irreversible reports Reuters.

Transgender men and women can now legally change their gender without undergoing sterilization, a move that has been welcomed by the ILGA-Europe network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups.

Spokeswoman Sophie Aujean told the Thomson Reuters Foundation “These are years of sparring that finally come to fruition-there is no other population in the world that is asked to be sterilized apart from transgender.”

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However, according to Reuters, some say that the law is not as progressive as those in countries like Denmark and Malta whose transgender community can change their identities by informing local authorities without having to go to court.

A report done by TGEU in 2013 showed that 24 countries in Europe still mandate sterilization of the transgender community including France, Denmark and Malta. The latter countries changed the law in 2014.

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