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Netherlands: Government Bans Forced Sterilization For Transgender Citizens

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Transgender FlagThe Senate in the Netherlands today voted to end a barbaric practice against its own transgender citizens.

Gay Star News reports:

The new law lowers the age of consent to transition to 16, and simplifies the procedure to be register their gender in official documents. Currently, a person’s legal gender can only be changed after forced sterilization and gender modification operations, followed by judicial permission. Several thousand people are believed to be living with official documents that identify them as the gender they were assigned at birth. This means they face problems on a daily basis while applying for a new job, showing identification and using health care.

The move is long overdue, and is great news for transgender people in the Netherlands.

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