Entry #30: Right to change legal gender in South Africa

Current Version

RegionSouth Africa
IssueRight to change legal gender
StatusLegal, but requires surgery
Start DateMar 15, 2004
End Datenow
DescriptionMedical OR surgical treatment required to change legal gender.
Sources https://www.gov.za/documents/alteration-sex-description-and-sex-status-act"
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "I'm not sure on the proper sourcing but I am a trans woman living in SA and as far as I know you do not require surgery in order to legally change your sex. All you need is a letter from 2 doctors confirming that you have undergone sufficient medical intervention. That medical intervention does not however need to be surgery, in my case I was able to change my legal sex without any surgery, hormones was the medical intervention that my doctors specified, but I have heard that you don't even need to be on hormones for a gender marker change. Check the BeTrue2Me website for more information. "


Revision History (2)

Revision by maddyksf

Old Value New Value (Current)
ValueLegal, surgery not requiredLegal, but requires surgery

Revision by DuffdeNecker

Old Value (Original) New Value
ValueLegal, but requires surgeryLegal, surgery not required
NoteMedical OR surgical treatment required to change legal gender.
Sourceshttp://www.info.gov.za/view/DownloadFileAction?id=68026 https://www.gov.za/documents/alteration-sex-description-and-sex-status-act"
Reports (7)
  • Note field is incorrect "Medical OR surgical treatment required (surgery therefor not necessarily needed) https://www.gov.za/documents/alteration-sex-description-and-sex-status-act"
  • Sources are invalid or broken "Legal, surgury not required as well as third party acsess."
  • Other "This source had absolutly nothing to do with changing the legal gender"
  • Other "There's a little bit of nuance to this. You need a note from a doctor certifying you have "undergone medical transition" in order to have your legal gender changed. The doctor can be an endocrinologist and the "medical transition" can be hormone therapy. No actual surgery is required."
  • Status is not correct "No surgery is required, only hormone replacement therapy."
  • Status is not correct "surgery or hormone therapy"
  • Status is not correct "Surgery is not required. Technically neither is hormone replacement therapy, but then you have to argue that your gender 'evolved through natural means'. Source: http://www.saflii.org/za/legis/consol_act/aosdassa2003466/"

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