After months of debate, Spanish Parliament gave final approval to a law allowing people to freely change their gender from the age of 16, by 191 votes to 60 with 91 abstentions.
The so-called 'transgender law' allows people to change their gender on their identity papers by means of a simple administrative declaration from the age of 16, without medical supervision
The law also extends this right to 14-16-year-olds, provided they are accompanied in the procedure by their legal guardians, and to 12-14-year-olds, if they get the green light from the court.
Up to now, transgender people needed a medical diagnosis by several doctors of gender dysphoria, which is the psychological condition of feeling mismatched with one’s biological sex and gender identity.
Spain thus joins the few countries in the world that allow gender self-determination via a simple declaration, following the example of Denmark, the first country to grant this right in Europe to transgender people in 2014.
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