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Greek trans people no longer need to be sterilized to legally change gender

Greek trans people no longer need to be sterilized to legally change gender

Athens Pride took place this year on 10 June

Trans people in Greece can now legally change their gender without need surgery.

Greek parliament today passed the law that makes it easier for trans people to change their legal gender.

Previously, trans people were also expected to be sterilized before their gender could be changed.

Trans people also had to provide proof of medical treatment and a psychiatric diagnosis of gender identity disorder.

Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director spoke about the progress for trans rights.

He said: ‘Today’s reform is a hard-won victory for transgender rights activists in Greece who have fought for equality for transgender people for years.

‘It sends out a clear message that no one should be forced to go through medical procedures in order to be officially recognized for who they are.

‘While this reform is a historic step in the right direction, the struggle is not fully won.’

Progress to be made still

Despite the landmark move, there are still improvements to be made regarding the gender recognition law.

Trans people who are married cannot change their legal gender. They are forced to divorce their partner to change it.

The change of legal gender has to be recognized and validated by a local court rather than a simple administrative process.

The law also still blocks access to legal gender recognition for trans refugees and migrants.

Laws regarding legal gender change for young trans people still need to be improved.

Anyone aged 17 and older have access to the gender recognition law.

Young trans people between 15 and 17 have access to the gender recognition process. But they are still required to obtain a medical certificate.