The new law means that twanz can get their jendah-identiah changed without the need for any pesky Lop-Off-A-Dong surgeries:
Yesterday on 30 Nov 2011, by 167 votes against 17 and 7 abstentions, the Argentinian Lower House passed a gender identity bill. Under this law, trans people will be able not only to have access to gender recognition by a simple administrative procedure, without any kind of requirement, but also to hormonal and surgical treatments within the public health system with the only requirement of informed consent. To become a law, the bill has to be ratified next year by the Senate. For us here, yesterday was that kind of moments when impossible becomes reality.
Woohoo! Laydee Wangs aplenty! Pretendbians packing Dong!
Argentina Passes Comprehensive Transgender Rights Law
The law passed 55-0 in the Senate, and the president is expected to sign it.
Argentina’s Senate has overwhelmingly passed a sweeping transgender rights bill, and President Cristina Fernandez is expected to sign it into law.
The measure, passed Wednesday, allows people whose gender identity does not match their physical characteristics to change their name and gender marker on public documents without having undergone gender-reassignment surgery and without approval from a doctor or judge, the Associated Press reports. It also assures that those who want surgery or hormone therapy will have insurance coverage for it with no extra premium, through both public and private plans.
The vote was 55-0, with one senator abstaining and more than a dozen declaring themselves absent.
The law will give transgender people in Argentina more freedom than they have in many U.S. states, some of which require proof of surgery for changing the gender marker on, for instance, a driver’s license. “This gives the individual an extraordinary amount of authority for how they want to live,” Stanford University professor Katrina Karkazis, who has written extensively on issues of gender identity, told the AP. “It’s really incredible.”
The National Center for Transgender Equality notes in a blog post that the law “reflects the hard work of trans and LGBT advocates in Argentina as well as the growing trend of recognition for trans people’s identities and medical needs internationally.” In 2009, Uruguay adopted a similarly broad gender identity law.
Argentina has been a pioneer for LGBT rights in its region in other ways, two years ago becoming the first Latin American nation to approve same-sex marriage.
For so-called INTERNAL jendah identitahs, they sure do need a lot of EXTERNAL validation… laws, dress-ups, bits of paper