Germans will be able to change their gender and their first name without having to undergo any surgery once a year, every year if they require, under a new law.
If passed, the so called ‘Self-Determination Act’ would replace Germany’s “transsexual law,” which requires people to go to court and provide two expert reports, usually from psychotherapists, for their first name and gender to be changed on official documents.
Instead transgender, intersex, and non-binary people will be able to change their gender by simply visiting a registry office and signing a piece of paper.
Summit News reports: The need to submit a medical report or obtain expert opinion in court proceedings has been eliminated by the new legislation, which is expected to pass parliament before Bundestag members go on vacation.
“For the disabled, the law is humiliating. We will finally replace it with a modern law of self-determination. The Self-Determination Act will improve the lives of transgender people and recognize gender diversity,” said Family Minister Lisa Paus.
“In many areas, society is further ahead of legislation. As a government, we have decided to create a legal framework for an open, diverse and modern society,” she added.
The law officially codifies gender dysphoria, a mental illness, into being a fundamental right, with the condition having previously been treated (correctly) as a sickness.
“A moderate majority of Germans, 46 percent, approve of the government’s plans, while 41 percent of respondents reject the law, according to a representative survey by the YouGov Institute,” reports Remix News.
The only strong opposition to the new law comes from feminist groups who fear women are being erased and the right-wing AfD party.
According to the AfD’s Stephan Brandner, the law “has nothing to do with freedom but is an expression of blatant denial of reality. In biology, laws cannot simply be ignored.”
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