Argentina now leads the world in transgender rights

ABC reports that a new law in Argentina gives “people the freedom to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand.” In the United States, by contrast, transgender people have meet a whole bunch of medical criteria and go through a slew of medical and psychological testing to be able to undergo sex-change treatments.

Equally important, Argentina’s law also gives people the right to change their legal gender without changing their bodies.

‘”This law is saying that we’re not going to require you to live as a man or a woman, or to change your anatomy in some way. They’re saying that what you say you are is what you are. And that’s extraordinary,‘” notes Katrina Karkazis, a Stanford University bioethicist.

Argentina, by the way, legalized gay marriage two years ago.

Completely unrelated, but somewhat on topic, the lead singer of punk group Against Me!, Tom Gabel, announced this week that he will begin life living as a woman, Laura Jane Grace.  You can read the Rolling Stone excerpt at this link.

Tiny top hat to Amy W.


~ by siouxsielaw on May 11, 2012.

One Response to “Argentina now leads the world in transgender rights”

  1. Argentina? That is a really progressive change. I wish libertarians here would work with LGTBQ groups to make similar laws here. That will never happen because Libertarians only care about economic liberty.

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