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Spain passes law allowing trans people to self-identify from age 16

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The Spanish government has approved a new law that will allow trans people aged 16 and older to change their registered gender by self-declaration.

It means there will be no requirement to undergo psychological and/or medical evaluations to show gender dysphoria. Trans youth between the ages of 14 and 16 will be able to apply for changed gender markers with the permission of their parents or guardians, while those between the ages of 12 and 14 will need the consent of a judge.

After requesting a legal gender change, the applicant has three months to ratify their decision. The sweeping reforms also banned so-called ‘conversion therapy’ which seeks to change or suppress someone’s sexuality or gender identity.

Lawmakers approved the changes on 16 February by a vote of 191 to 60, with 91 abstaining. “Today is a historic day for trans people” The country’s Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, said Spain has “taken a giant step forward”. “Trans people are not ill people,” she said on the Parliament floor. “They are people, full stop.” READ MORE: Europe moves towards self-ID for trans people Spain joins countries like Denmark, Argentina and Finland in enacting such legislation.

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