A bill sponsored by Equality Minister Irene Montero aims to make gender self-determination — no diagnosis, medical treatment or judge required — the norm, with eligibility starting at age Nearly 20 countries, eight of them in the European Union, already have similar laws. Factions of the Catholic Church and the far-right have focused their opposition to the bill on the fact that it also would allow children under 16 to bypass parental objections and seek a judge's assistance in accessing treatment for gender dysphoria, the medical term for the psychological distress that results from a conflict between an individual's identity and birth-assigned sex. Less expected has been the fierce resistance from some feminists and from within Spain's Socialist-led government.
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Hijra activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi was one of the petitioners in the suit that led to transgender people to change their passport's gender marking to "T. Anyone applying for a U. The comment came in response to a report in India that a U. The marking was introduced in compliance with an April ruling of the Indian Supreme Court requiring the government to recognize individuals' self-identified gender and counter discrimination against trans people.
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Multiple countries legally recognize non-binary or third gender classifications. In some countries, such classifications may only be available to intersex people, born with sex characteristics that "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies. Among western nations, Australia may have been the first to recognize a third classification, following recognition of Alex MacFarlane as having indeterminate sex, reported in
Passports, social security cards, residence permits and other federal identification documents may soon offer a third gender option: X. Already, at least a dozen states and Washington, D. That application has always required medical certification and is only available for those who have transitioned from one gender to another; the State Department, which issues passports, asks applicants to select either male or female.