Alejandro Nasif Salum, Secretary of International Relations – Federación Argentina LGBT (Argentina LGBT Federation) and University Teacher, describes the new law and the years long, coordinated effort of LGBT activists that led to this extraordinary progress.
On the night of Wednesday, May 9th Congress of Argentina enacted the Gender Identity and Health Comprehensive Care for Trans People Act. It is the first time that the Argentinean Congress fully recognizes the rights of trans people, and the rule is probably the most advanced in the world in this regard.
From now on, anyone, just by manifesting his or her will through an affidavit, may request in the Civil Registry the change of sex and name in his or her identity card and birth certificate. Unlike what happens in other countries, he or she will not need the intervention of any judge, or a medical diagnosis, or witnesses, or have to wait a certain period before being granted the change of documentation.
Moreover, both the public health system and private must ensure comprehensive health care for trans people, and will have to cover hormone treatments, sex reassignment surgery or any other treatment they need. There is no need of judicial intervention or diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” or a “gender identity disorder.” In this sense we could say that the Argentine State depathologized trans identities.
Even people under 18 can access the documentation modification or health treatments. Just in the case of gender reassignment surgery that Congress has requested the intervention of juvenile justice.
We understand that while some of these features are present in other legislation in the world, the law in Argentina is really the only one with all these advances at the same time and in a single act that deals comprehensively with the rights of trans people.
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