With two major US LGBT victories already under our belt this month, including Obama’s announcement and the EEOC ruling, the historic news just keeps rolling in! The Argentinean Senate has approved a law that makes it much easier for trans people to live authentically and access life-saving, medically necessary healthcare.
Argentina’s comprehensive Gender Identity Law will allow all adults who wish to change their legal name or gender to do so without having to receive approval from a judge or doctor – and without the other common US requirements of having to receive surgery or hormone therapy. Trans youth under eighteen will be required to obtain permission from their legal guardians, but will otherwise be held to the same standards as adults.
Additionally, this groundbreaking law will also require the removal of trans-specific exclusions in all health plans and systems, regardless of whether they are public or private. Medically necessary services like counseling, hormones, and surgical care will no longer be denied to trans Argentinians solely on the basis of their gender identity. With the authority to transition placed fully in the hands of each individual, trans Argentineans will be able to experience equality on a nearly unprecedented level.
In taking this huge step forward, Argentina has shown tremendous leadership in the fight for basic fairness and human rights.
The Gender Identity Law was the result of long term campaigning by Argentinean trans activists and allies, and it was passed with a unanimous 55-0 vote and support from Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez. Basic Rights Oregon sends our congratulations to all who worked for this landmark victory!
BRO’s Trans Justice work is building to victories like this in Oregon. Click here to get involved in our work to end health care discrimination and ensure access to health care for transgender Oregonians!