Germany wants to make gender change easier. Also for children

The German government has passed a self-determination bill that will replace the current laws on transgenderism. Gender reassignment should be easier.

Currently, outside our western border, the so-called Transsexuality Act 1980 “It states that you can only change your name and gender input after psychological expertise and a court decision. Transgender, intersex and non-binary people criticize that these procedures are humiliating (especially because of very intimate questions) in the long run and costly,” Deutsche Welle reports. As a result of pressure from LGBT communities, Olaf Scholz’s coalition government has passed new regulations. Now parliament will decide on this.

It will be easier for a child to change gender

The law passed by the government assumes that a transsexual, intersex or non-binary person can change their gender in documents on the civil registry. This is only possible on the basis of a statement. Changes to the documents can be made regardless of whether medical interventions have taken place.

The regulations do not specify a minimum age at which the gender can be changed under this procedure. However, the amendment indicates that a legal guardian will have to apply for an official gender reassignment on behalf of a person under the age of 14. Until the age of 14, parents or legal guardians must submit a declaration to the registry office. From the age of 14, they only need to give permission. Exceptions are allowed only if the parent’s attitude threatens the well-being of the child.

After an official gender change, the next gender change is possible after a minimum of one year.

The opposition has doubts. – On the one hand, transgender people deserve respect, but on the other hand they have to guarantee this respect to others, for example women in women’s dressing rooms who are not comfortable when a person who is biologically male enters – says Guenter Krings, member of the CDU. The law is also criticized by the AfD.

Men in women’s locker rooms?

Opponents emphasize that the entry into force of the regulations will pose a threat to women. The cabinet replies that the draft states that registered gender does not automatically grant access to protected areas. The law of the host applies here, i.e. the owner (for example of a gym) can decide who uses his premises and under what conditions. However, the Equal Treatment Act protects transgender people against discrimination; they cannot be rejected because of their gender.

Source: Do Rzeczy