The Chilean Congress has indeed passed a landmark law on gender identity after a five-year battle.
Now, trans people aged 14 years and above will be able to change their name and gender in their official documents without having to undergo surgery or medical procedures. Minors must get permission from a parent or guardian, along with consent granted by a family court.
A few weeks ago, the Senate approved the bill with a large majority, 26 votes in favor and 14 against. The Congress followed by passing the law with a 95-46 vote. Now Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has 30 days to sign the bill into law.
However, be aware that Sergio Bobadilla and Juan Antonio Coloma, two conservative lawmakers, will challenge the law. They think it “undermines the right of the biological identity of minors”.
Their petition will be filed with the Constitutional Court of Chile which has the power to amend laws that have already been approved by the Senate and Congress.
Meanwhile, the LGBTQ community celebrates this historic victory! As LGBT group Fundación Iguales said, “We celebrate! The Chamber of Deputies voted and dispatched the gender identity law, which we sponsored more than five years ago. A great victory for TRANS people!”
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