Denmark: Forced sterilisation dropped for legal gender recognition

The Danish parliament voted to scrap a law that required people to undergo gender reassignment surgery before they were eligible to be recognised as their preferred gender. From September 1, the process will be, the process will be overhauled, and over-18s will be able to legally change gender after a six month ‘reflection period’, with no surgical procedure required.

Interior Minister Margrethe Vestager said: “Today we have dropped the requirement of sterilisation when transgendered people need a new personal identification number as part of a legal sex change. It will make life easier and more dignified for the individual, for example when you are asked for ID in shops. The government added it was part of an international trend towards “easing the conditions for legal sex change(s).”