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Bolivia: Transgender people will soon be able to officially change names, genders

Bolivia: Transgender people will soon be able to officially change names, genders

Transgender people in Bolivia will soon be able to officially change their name, sex and gender on legal documents, Justice Minister Virginia Velasco Condori announced in a statement on Wednesday.

The move is said to be a landmark victory for the country’s transgender community said to number about 1,500, an estimate provided by the country’s Trans, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals (TLGBT) collective.

According to media reports, Velasco said at a press conference in La Paz, the Ministry of Justice has issued an administrative order to change the law and polices related to civil registration including the General Service Personal Identification Number and the Civil Registry Service.

The amendment was proposed by Raysa Torriani, the national coordinator of the Bolivian trans movement, to the legislative assembly three years ago.

The statement says people who are interested to change their name and sex on identity documents must apply to the Ministry of Justice, where a psychological examination will be held to approve the process.

Telesurtv.net reported that there have been at least 55 targeted killings of LGBT people in Bolivia, 11 of whom belonged to the transgender community. The report by LGBT group ADESPROC Libertad also found that 80 percent of those surveyed had been verbally, physically or psychologically abused by the police.