Adults hoping for a sex change in Argentina will now be able to get it after a new gender rights law was approved last week. The law states that sex change surgery or hormone therapy will now be included in the private or public health care plans. The bill also allows people to specify how their gender is listed at the civil registry, even if their physical characteristics don’t match up with this title.
Argentina’s President Christina Fernandez, fully supported the law and most likely will sign it. She has been known to express her pride in Argentina’s acceptance and legalization of gay marriage two years ago. As the first country to legalize this right, many couples in Argentina now enjoy the same legal rights as married homosexual couples.
In addition to adults, children also have a role in this new law. Anyone under 18 that has the desire to change their genders, may obtain the right to undergo surgery provided they have approval of their legal guardians. In addition to this, many adults with children may not be allowed treatment and or surgery if their children disapprove or their rights are not being protected as a result of the sex change.
In addition to Argentina, other countries including neighboring Uruguay have passed similar gender rights laws.