Country to Allow Teens to Legally Self-Identify as Trans

Belgium, Brussels, 19 May 2013. Two dressed up gay men pose in the streets of Brussels. About 80,000 participants at the Belgian Pride Parade to celebrate the LGBT

At a glance

  • Spanish Parliament has passed a controversial gender self-identification bill that if approved by the Senate will allow anyone 16 and over to change their legal sex, and even in some cases, allowing children as young as 12 to apply.
  • The bill was approved 188 votes to 150, and now moves on to the Senate.
  • Should it be passed, applicants will no longer be required to obtain a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria prior to legally changing their sex, nor will they be required to provide proof of two years of hormonal treatments as was the case in the past.

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