Under a bill passed by lawmakers, children as young as 12 can change their legal gender with a judge’s approval
The lower house of Spain’s parliament on Thursday passed a bill allowing anyone over the age of 16 to change their gender on official documents without the approval of a medical professional, judge or government official. a parent. Legislation must be approved by the Senate to become law.
If approved, the measure will also allow people as young as 12 to transition legally with the permission of a judge, while only the signature of a parent or guardian will be required for people aged 14 to 16.
The controversial legislation replaces previous regulations, which required anyone seeking to change the gender listed on their identity documents to present a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and proof that they are receiving hormone treatment or living as a child. that target sex for two years, or court approval if under 18.
Despite opposition from conservatives, some socialist elements, and feminists, the bill passed the Congress of Deputies with 188 votes in favor and 150 against. It will become law once passed by the Senate, which is expected before the end of the year.
Equalities Minister Irene Montero hailed the legislation for “depathologiz[ing]“trans lives, offering the now familiar chorus”Trans women are womento the BBC.
Former Socialist Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo disagreed, saying that “when gender is asserted over biological sex, it does not seem like a step in a progressive direction; it seems like a step backwards.“The gender, she says, is”neither voluntary nor optional.”
Other critics have warned that male predators could identify as women in order to secure transfer to women’s prisons or participate in women’s sports, an issue that has already surfaced in Scotland, which passed similar legislation on Thursday. . The new Scottish law drops the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria to change legal sex and cuts the time it takes to have lived as the desired sex from two years to three months.
European country facilitates gender change
Spain and Scotland join nine other European countries that already allow residents to self-determine their gender on legal documents, including Portugal, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark.
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