Entry #309: Right to change legal gender in Belgium

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RegionBelgium
IssueRight to change legal gender
StatusLegal, but requires surgery
Start Date2007
End DateJan 1, 2018
DescriptionTransgender people in Belgium are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on state documents.
Sourceshttp://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/cgi_loi/change_lg.pl?language=nl&la=N&table_name=wet&cn=2007051055


Revision History (2)

Deleted by Samanthos. Replaced outdated term

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NoteBelgian transexuals are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on state documents.Transgender people in Belgium are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on state documents.
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Belgian transexuals are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on state documents. Transgender people in Belgium are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on state documents.

Revision by chae

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End Date(NONE)Jan 1, 2018
Reports (17)
  • Newer law has been passed
  • Newer law has been passed "Gender change on documents is possible without gender reassignment surgery"
  • Newer law has been passed "No longer valid as of 2018. A new law was passed that makes surgery or psychological evaluation unnecessary, making it a purely bureaucratic process. Source: https://justitie.belgium.be/en/themes_and_files/people_and_families/new_legislation_for_transgender_persons"
  • Newer law has been passed "Surgery and sterilisation is no longer required. Self determination is all that is required."
  • Status is not correct "Belgium changed their law in 2017 - https://www.ilga-europe.org/resources/news/latest-news/new-legal-gender-recognition-belgium"
  • Status is not correct "Since 2017 medical intervention such as surgery is not required for changing your gender marker in Belgium"
  • Status is not correct "Here it is right, but up here in the big symbols (green and red), it says 'legal, but requires surgery'. That's not correct."
  • Status is not correct "The law changed on 01/01/2018. An operation is no longer required. See: https://www.ilga-europe.org/resources/news/latest-news/new-legal-gender-recognition-belgium https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/42589/parliament-approves-law-on-transgender-individuals/ http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/cgi_loi/change_lg.pl?language=nl&la=N&table_name=wet&cn=2017062503 http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/cgi_loi/change_lg.pl?language=fr&la=F&cn=2017062503&table_name=loi"
  • Status is not correct "Surgery not required."
  • Status is not correct "Since january 1, 2018 - transgender people can ask for a change of legal gender without surgery. "
  • Status is not correct "since january third 2018 it is no longer required that te person has undergone surgery in order to be able to change his/her gender on their identification"
  • Status is not correct "Changed since January 1 2018"
  • Status is not correct "The law has been changed and medical surgery is not any longer needed to change gender identity"
  • Status is not correct "Legal + surgery not required in Belgium since 1 January 2018. Please change this on your website. I think the status in Malta has also recently been changed to "Legal, surgery not required""
  • Status is not correct "This is not the current status anymore. Since 2007 sterilisation isn't legally required anymore to change your gender on official records. Since 2018 it became a purely administrative action, an evaluation of a psychologist isn't needed anymore, nor are any courts."
  • Newer law has been passed "Sex change does not require sterilisation and name chage does not require sex change since 2018 https://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/van-geslacht-veranderen-kan-nu-zonder-operatie-bae960b0/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_by_country_or_territory https://transgenderinfo.be/m/praktisch/ "
  • Status is not correct "In Belgium, transgender people have to be sterilized to get their legal gender changed and they HAVE TO have this surgery to change their papers."

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