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Argentina Lawmakers Approve Landmark Gender Identity Bill

ArgentinaIDLGBT advocates here in the States aren't the only ones with something worth celebrating.

The AP reports that Argentina's Senate yesterday approved 55-0 a measure that will allow transgender people to change the gender on their ID and receive health care for potential sex change operations.

Any adult will now be able to officially change his or her gender, image and birth name without having to get approval from doctors or judges — and without having to undergo physical changes beforehand, as many U.S. jurisdictions require.

When Argentines want to change their bodies, health care companies will have to provide them with surgery or hormone therapy on demand. Such treatments will be included in the "Obligatory Medical Plan," which means both private and public providers will not be able to charge extra for the services.

"This law is going to enable many of us to have light, to come out of the darkness, to appear," said Sen. Osvaldo Lopez of Tierra del Fuego, the only openly gay national lawmaker in Argentina.

The bill will now head to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for the final signature.

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  1. As half-argentinian, I'm so proud of my maternal homeland...And Buenos Aires in the best city on earth! Que viva Argentina!

    Posted by: Pedro | May 10, 2012 10:51:43 AM


  2. And now Argentina is even more modern then my country, the Netherlands. We still need surgery (sterilisation actually) before we can change our legal gender. A proposal to change the law is currently being studied by the Raad van State, the council that examines proposed laws, but might become a victim of the fall of the government if parliament declares it controversial.
    Congrats to Argentina for taking another bold leap!

    Posted by: NaomiClareNL | May 10, 2012 12:39:03 PM


  3. I'm from Argentina, and the biggest thing about the Law is that it was voted unanimously! Equal marriage showed everyone here (including people who voted against it) that it doesn't hurt "traditional" marriages, family values and all that stuff opponents used to argue about... Au contraire, it made us a healthier and more inclusive society. So proud!

    Posted by: Juan Cruz | May 10, 2012 1:46:11 PM


  4. With so many horrible news coming from around the world about hatred against LGBT, what a refreshing change. Little by little the divide between the civilized –upon accepting scientific facts- and the uncivilized –still dependent on religious yuyu- becomes more blatant. Time to choose the right side, America.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | May 10, 2012 2:39:42 PM


  5. Argentina really seems 2 steps ahead when it comes to LGBT rights compared with the rest of the world..
    =)

    Posted by: George F | May 10, 2012 11:44:07 PM


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