Entry #1988: Right to change legal gender in Netherlands

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IssueRight to change legal gender
StatusLegal, surgery not required
Start DateDec 18, 2013
End Datenow
DescriptionIn a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of not requiring surgery to change one's gender on official documents.
Reports (3)
  • Status is not correct "Changing your legal gender is legal, however you need a statement from a transgender specialist or doctor in order to get the change done. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/lhbti-emancipatie/gelijke-rechten-lhbtis#:~:text=Transgender%20personen%20kunnen%20hun%20geslacht,niet%20meer%20nodig%20sinds%202014. The Dutch government website states: "Transgender people can have their gender changed on their birth certificate. For this they now need a statement from a doctor, psychologist or psychotherapist with the designation""
  • Note field is incorrect "Surgery is not required any more, however, trans people still need an "expert declaration" from a psychologist in order to get their legal gender changed. This is still gatekeeping and is not sufficient self determination, as this is not accessible to everyone."
  • Newer law has been passed "The Dutch Civil Law required as of July 1, 2014 that in order to change legal gender they need an expert letter by an assigned expert (physician, psychologist or psychiatrist) to request the change on their birth certificate at the Civil Registry of the municipality where they were born. Thus, no longer requiring surgery and sterility to change their legal gender."

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