Spain passes new transgender law: The lower house of the Spanish Parliament approved a measure allowing individuals over the age of 16 to change their legally recorded gender without the need for medical supervision. According to the law, drafted by the center-left coalition government, minors between the ages of 14 and 16 must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians and those between the ages of 12 and 13 will require a judge’s permission to make the move.
Spain passes new transgender law: Key Points
- The law also abolishes a restriction that banned lesbian couples from registering their children under both parents’ names and forbids the use of so-called conversion therapies to repress sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Up until recently, transgender individuals required the diagnosis of gender dysphoria, a psychological disorder in which the patient does not feel that their biological sex matches their gender identity.
- They occasionally also required paperwork proving they had taken hormones or evidence that they had lived for two years as the gender they identified with.
- The bill, according to transgender rights organisations, is a “before and after” for LGBT rights.
- The concept of biological sex is threatened by gender self-determination, according to certain feminism campaigners.
Voting for Transgender Law in Spain
- Dozens of transgender rights advocates gathered in front of the building to watch the debate on their phones as the voting session was scheduled to take place in Parliament.
- The bill will change many of the members of the Euforia Trans Family Alliance organization’s daily life, according to vice president Saida Garca.
- The far-left Unidas Podemos (United We Can), the minor party in the ruling coalition, sponsored the law, which was the subject of a protracted 18-month legislative debate.
Opposition to the Transgender Law in Spain
- Right-wing opposition groups vehemently opposed it, and it also caused some friction with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist party.
- Ring-wing attempted to submit an amendment that would have required court supervision for those under 16 who wanted to change their recorded gender.
- Only those who are younger than 13 will ultimately be subject to this restriction.
- Irene Montero, a member of United We Can and the Minister for Equality, expressed her pride in Congress for stating that “trans rights are human rights.”
The Scottish parliament is currently discussing a similar bill providing gender self-determination as the Spanish Congress votes on it. Similar laws have previously been passed in over a dozen other nations.
Spain: Important Takeaways
- Capital of Spain: Madrid
- Monarch of Spain: King Felipe VI
- Prime Minister of Spain: Pedro Sanchez