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Denmark scraps forced sterilisation for trans people

Denmark scraps forced sterilisation for trans people

Denmark has scrapped a law requiring people to be sterilized before they can be legally recognized as another gender.

As of 1 September, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply to be recognized as their true gender by simply stating they are that gender.

This means they no longer have to undergo the physical procedure before obtaining a new gender on their identification card.

‘Today we have dropped the requirement of sterilisation when transgendered people need a new personal identification number as part of a legal sex change,’ Margrethe Vestager, the Minister for Economics, said.

‘It will make life easier and more dignified for the individual, for example when you are asked for ID in shops.’

Denmark’s personal identification number is used to identify all residents in the country’s Civil Registration System, and is needed for everything from salary payments to issuing a passport.

European LGBTI rights groups applauded the change.

Gabi Calleja, Co-Chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board, said: ‘Just like in 1989, when Denmark became the first country in the world to introduce a legal concept of same-sex partnership, today Denmark pioneered another significant change in Europe.

‘Instead of keeping the state in charge of a person’s body and life, the parliament recognised that these are rights pertaining to the individual.’