Amnesty: New legislation on gender reassignment is a milestone

Amnesty: New legislation on gender reassignment is a milestoneOSLO.Health Minister Bent Høie and John Jeanette Solstad Remø who have fought for the law for many years. Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

The Government wants to make it possible to change gender without having a specific diagnosis and without medical treatment. Amnesty says the law puts an end to a dark chapter in Norwegian history.

Proposed amendments to the law on legal sex change received broad support in the consultation process. Now the final version of the  law proposal is being completed and soon will be voted on in Parliament. If the parliament votes in favor of the proposal, you will only need to fill out a form to get your gender changed in the population register.  The current legislation requires a specific diagnosis and medical treatment to get your gender changed.
– This is an important victory for all those who for years have fought for people’s right to be themselves. We think it is very gratifying that Norwegian authorities take trans human rights seriously, Patricia Kaatee, political advisor at Amnesty International in Norway says to the news agency NTB.
– The current arrangement to change legal gender is unacceptable, and has remained unchanged for almost 60 years. Now we will place a motion for a new scheme which is in line with human rights,  Minister of Health and Human Services Bent Høie said.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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