Entry #11964: Right to change legal gender in Bolivia

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IssueRight to change legal gender
StatusLegal, no restrictions
Start DateAug 1, 2016
End Datenow
DescriptionOn 25 November 2015, a law was proposed that would allow transgender people to change their legal name and sex. On 19 May 2016, the Chamber of Deputies passed the Gender Identity Law (Spanish: Ley de Identidad de Género). One day later, the Chamber of Senators passed the measure by simple majority votes. On 21 May 2016, the legislation was signed into law by Vice President Álvaro García Linera, and it took effect on 1 August 2016. In October 2016, the Bolivian Congress debated whether to repeal it. The law allows individuals over 18 to legally change their name, sex and photography on legal documents. A psychological test proving that the person knows and voluntarily assumes the change of identity is required, but sex reassignment surgery is not. The process is confidential and must be carried out before the Civil Registry Service. The processing of the new documentation will take 15 days. The change of name and sex will be reversible once, after which they cannot modify these data again.
Sourceshttps://archive.shine.cn/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=310369 https://web.archive.org/web/20170501151741/http://www.la-razon.com/sociedad/Senado-Ley-Identidad-Genero-Iglesia_0_2493950669.html http://eju.tv/2016/08/en-un-mes-50-transgenero-y-transexuales-cambiaron-su-identidad-en-bolivia/ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Bolivia#cite_note-38

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