Dutch Transgender Rights Bill Approved By Senate

The Dutch Senate on Dec. 17 overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow transgender people to legally change their gender on their birth certificates and other official documents without undergoing sterilization and sex-reassignment surgery.

Transgender Network Netherlands Chair Carolien van de Lagemaat and COC Nederland Chair Tanja Ineke described the vote as “a victory for transgender people in the Netherlands.” The two groups also noted trans people under current Dutch law can only legally change their gender on official documents after “obligatory and often unwanted sterilization and gender modification operations.”

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