France scraps sterilization for trans people

On Oct 20, 2016 The Bay Area Reported Reported: The French National Assembly passed legislation last week that allows transgender people to legally change their gender without undergoing sterilization.

Under the law, transgender individuals also will no longer be required to provide proof of medical treatment, according to the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association, or ILGA-Europe.

The practice of involuntary sterilization has been widely condemned as a human rights violation, including by the United Nations.

Under the new law, which was approved October 12, emancipated transgender minors will also be able to access the updated procedure.

ILGA-Europe welcomed the change in French law.

“This is a sign of clear progress – another European country has dispensed with the shameful practice of sterilization and the intrusion that accompanied medicalization,” said Evelyne Paradis, executive director of ILGA-Europe.

Yet, some activists remain disappointed. The law fell short of allowing transgender youth to access legal gender recognition and the law isn’t based on self-determination, meaning transgender people will have to have to go before a judge to have their gender legally recognized.

Transgender advocates pointed to Denmark, Malta, Ireland, and Norway as examples of pro-transgender laws that respect the “bodily integrity of trans people” and the option for self-determination.

“The fact that France did not take the more progressive and humane path open to it is very regretful,” said Paradis. “The fight will go on for full equality and respect for trans people in France.”

t 20, 2016 The Bay Area Reporter reported: The French National Assembly passed legislation last week that allows transgender people to legally change their gender without undergoing sterilization.

Read more at The Bay Area Reporter Online | France scraps sterilization for trans people

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