The French transgender community are celebrating after legislation was passed allowing people to legally change their gender without undergoing sterilization.
Since 2014, Denmark, Malta and Ireland have allowed people to legally change their gender by simply informing authorities, without any medical or state intervention.
The practice of involuntary sterilization has been widely condemned as a human-rights violation, including by the United Nations, and the ILGA-Europe network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups welcomed the change in French law, which came after a two-year campaign, The Telegraph reports.
This week, Denmark became the first country to allow a legal gender change without a medical statement — but advocates say the law isn't perfect. read more
In 19 countries in Europe, transgender people are forced to undergo surgery and sterilization in order to legally change their gender, a practice that has been widely condemned as outdated and abusive.
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