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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 15:54

Malta Prohibits Surgeries To "Fix" Gender Identity On Babies And Is Committed To Better Protect Transgender And Intersex People

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In Malta, a bill will prohibit health professionals to operate unnecessarily intersex infants.

This bill, called the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act (GIGESC Act), has been adopted and will allow children to choose their identity by avoiding a surgery «to fix» their gender when they are still infants.

But the bill also addresses the lack of legal protections which can face transgender and intersex people.

«The Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act sets a new benchmark for Europe,» Alecs Recher, co-chair of Transgender Europe said in a statement.

«We are thrilled about the respectful, comprehensive and yet practical aspirations of this new Maltese act. It is firmly build on trans and intersex persons' right to be recognized for who they are.

«Furthermore, the GIGESC Act creates the conditions for an equal society as it recognises and protects trans and intersex persons in all spheres of life.»

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