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Malta to discuss pro-trans bill

A proposed law makes it easier for transgender citizens in Malta to change their birth certificate
Grandmaster's Palace in Maltese capital Valetta - site of House of Representatives

A bill which makes it easier for transgender citizens in Malta to change their birth certificates is due to be discussed in the country's parliament.

The proposal, drafted by non-governmental organization Aditus for the Malta Gay Rights Movement, would mean the process of having the gender on birth certificates changed would move from a judicial one to an administrative one and drop the need for trans applicants to be unmarried.

According to Aditus, changing the birth certificate can currently be a difficult and traumatic experience for trans people following gender reassignment surgery.

Any change in legal gender would also not impact on the person's rights as a parent.

The bill is expected to be tabled in the House of Representatives in the next few days, reported MaltaToday.

A law which officially recognizes and provides legal protection for cohabiting gay couples is also due to be passed.

A survey by MaltaToday revealed that attitudes towards gay rights are changing in the traditionally conservative country, with 60% of 18 to 34 year olds in favor of same-sex marriage.

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