Right to change legal gender

You can change your legal gender in 113 countries, but 38 require surgery.

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  • Legal, surgery not required
  • Illegal
  • Legal, but requires surgery
  • Unknown, N/A, or ambiguous

Recent Changes

  • May 28 2020Became Illegal in Hungary
  • May 1 2020Became Legal, surgery not required in Victoria
  • Feb 11 2020Became Legal, surgery not required in New Zealand
  • Jan 1 2020Became Legal, surgery not required in Colorado
  • Jun 18 2019Became Legal, surgery not required in Iceland
  • Jan 1 2019Became Legal, surgery not required in Serbia
  • Oct 18 2018Became Legal, surgery not required in Uruguay
  • May 11 2018Became Legal, surgery not required in Pakistan

Right to change legal gender

Legal recognition of sex reassignment by permitting a change of legal gender on an individual's birth certificate.

Summary

75
Legal
75 regions (32%)
Legal
38
Somewhere in between
38 regions (16%)
Somewhere in between
32
Illegal
32 regions (14%)
Illegal
87
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
87 regions (38%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
48%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
25 regions (48%)
Somewhere in between
15 regions (29%)
Illegal
3 regions (6%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
9 regions (17%)
Oceania
46%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
11 regions (46%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (4%)
Illegal
2 regions (8%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
10 regions (42%)
South America
43%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
6 regions (43%)
Somewhere in between
3 regions (21%)
Illegal
2 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (21%)
North America
33%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
12 regions (33%)
Somewhere in between
2 regions (6%)
Illegal
1 regions (3%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
21 regions (58%)
Africa
22%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
13 regions (22%)
Somewhere in between
1 regions (2%)
Illegal
14 regions (24%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
31 regions (53%)
Asia
17%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Legal
8 regions (17%)
Somewhere in between
16 regions (35%)
Illegal
10 regions (22%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
12 regions (26%)

Progress over time

Number of countries with equality for right to change legal gender over the past 60 years.

Recent changes

Right to change legal gender by country

(and dependent territories)

Legal, but requires surgery

Right to change legal gender is legal, but requires surgery in 38 regions.

  1. North America (2)
  2. Mexico 2003
  3. Panama 2006
  4. Africa (1)
  5. Namibia
  6. Oceania (1)
  7. Fiji
  8. South America (3)
  9. Bolivia 2015
  10. Chile 2017
  11. Colombia 2013

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