Spain passes laws to allow gender self-determination

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The new laws allow people to legally change their registered gender without medical supervision  

The lower Parliament in Spain has passed a new law that allows people over the age of 16 to legally change their gender, without the previous need for a medical supervision. According to a report by the Associated Press, the law passed on Thursday was drafted by the center left coalition government of Spain.  

Minors in Spain between the age of 12 and 13, will now require authorization by a Judge first to make the change, whereas teenagers between 14 and 16 will require a parent or a legal guardian to accompany them.   

The new law replaced the previous requirement for Spanish transgender people to get a diagnosis by doctors of gender dysphoria, a psychological condition. The report also said, in some earlier cases, people who wanted to legally change their gender, were required to provide proof of having lived as their identified gender for more than two years. They were also asked to show records for having administered hormones.  

On the same day, the Scottish government also passed a bill to ease the process for people to change their legally registered gender.  This makes it the first country in the Uk to allow people to do so, without needing medical certification.

The new law lowered the minimum eligibility age for gender change from 18 to 16 years and will require them to have lived in their declared identity for three to six months, if their age is 16 or 17.

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