Iceland passes identification law dismissing lengthy medical process for trans people

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06/20/2019

Iceland passed a law on Tuesday (18 June) making it easier for transgender and non-binary individuals to change their personal identification. The Icelandic Parliament passed the Gender Autonomy Act. This allows people to change their gender and offers a non-binary ‘x’ option. Prior to this law, transgender and non-binary people had to undergo a lengthy diagnostic process. They also had to undergo various medical treatments. People can now change their gender in the official registry based on their own autonomy and identity. The bill also allows individuals under 18 to officially change their name and gender with parental consent. If parental consent is not available, a minor can still make the change with the approval of an expert panel.

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