Entry #3395: Right to change legal gender in Jamaica

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RegionJamaica
IssueRight to change legal gender
StatusIllegal
Start Datepast
End Datenow
DescriptionA person's gender identity is not legally recognized in Jamaica. For all official purposes, gender assigned at birth overrules gender identity. One does not have the right to change their legal gender.
Sourceshttps://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2021/january/20210108_first-ever-jamaica-transgender-strategy-looks-beyond-health https://issuu.com/transwaveja/docs/human_rights_violation_report_2022_1_ https://issuu.com/transwaveja/docs/grl_policy_brief


Revision History (9)

Revision by daikman. This entry was innacurate as noted by several reports, and the source link was broken. It claimed that you can change your legal gender in Jamaica, which is not true. Numerous activist groups (e.g., TransWave Jamaica) are currently fighting for that right.

Old Value New Value (Current)
ValueLegal, no restrictionsIllegal
NoteIt is preformed for who need it. Missing non binary options on documents.A person's gender identity is not legally recognized in Jamaica. For all official purposes, gender assigned at birth overrules gender identity. One does not have the right to change their legal gender.
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It is preformed for who need it. Missing non binary options on documents. A person's gender identity is not legally recognized in Jamaica. For all official purposes, gender assigned at birth overrules gender identity. One does not have the right to change their legal gender.
Sourceshttp://www.yardflex.com/2016/02/sex-change-for-2-jamaicans-born-as-girls.htmlhttps://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2021/january/20210108_first-ever-jamaica-transgender-strategy-looks-beyond-health
https://issuu.com/transwaveja/docs/human_rights_violation_report_2022_1_
https://issuu.com/transwaveja/docs/grl_policy_brief
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http://www.yardflex.com/2016/02/sex-change-for-2-jamaicans-born-as-girls.html https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2021/january/20210108_first-ever-jamaica-transgender-strategy-looks-beyond-health https://issuu.com/transwaveja/docs/human_rights_violation_report_2022_1_ https://issuu.com/transwaveja/docs/grl_policy_brief

Revision by Ausyk

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NoteIt is preformed for who need it. It is preformed for who need it. Missing non binary options on documents.
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It is preformed for who need it. Missing non binary options on documents.
Reports (5)
  • Status is not correct "Gender switches are not legal in Jamaica, the link which suggests so doesn't even work. "
  • Newer law has been passed
  • Status is not correct "There has never been a legal way for transgender people to change their legal gender in Jamaica. "
  • Status is not correct
  • Sources are invalid or broken "Source only available in archive.org. Also I do not see in the source that one can legally change registered sex in Jamaica. "

Revision by Ausyk

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NoteIt is preformed for who need it. Not allowed to change documents.It is preformed for who need it.
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It is preformed for who need it. Not allowed to change documents.
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "Transgender persons are not allowed to change their gender in Jamaica. Source https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Jamaica"

Revision by Ausyk

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Start DateFeb 4, 2016(NONE)
NoteIt is preformed for who need it.It is preformed for who need it. Not allowed to change documents.
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It is preformed for who need it. Not allowed to change documents.

Revision by Ausyk

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Start Date(NONE)Feb 4, 2016

Revision by Ausyk

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ValueIllegalLegal, no restrictions
NoteNoIt is preformed for who need it.
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No It is preformed for who need it.
SourcesNohttp://www.yardflex.com/2016/02/sex-change-for-2-jamaicans-born-as-girls.html
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No http://www.yardflex.com/2016/02/sex-change-for-2-jamaicans-born-as-girls.html

Revision by Ausyk

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ValueLegal, but requires surgeryIllegal
NoteRequries sterilization No
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Requries sterilization No
Sourcestransrespect.org No
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transrespect.org No

Revision by Ausyk

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ValueIllegalLegal, but requires surgery
NoteHomosexuality is still illegal in the Americas.Requries sterilization
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Homosexuality is still illegal in the Americas. Requries sterilization
SourcesNotransrespect.org
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No transrespect.org

Revision by Ausyk

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NoteNoHomosexuality is still illegal in the Americas.
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No Homosexuality is still illegal in the Americas.

Ausyk created this entry.