The Government will approve the Trans and LGBTI Rights Act at the Council of Ministers on Monday, 27 June. In this way, the text passes to the stage of processing in the Congress of Deputies.
Sources from the Ministry of Equality, headed by Irene Montero, have stressed that this is the best bet to safeguard the rights of the LGTBI collective, with significant changes compared to the initial text. The still-draft bill will be approved by the Executive on the eve of International LGBTI Pride Day and a year after it did so for the first time.
The new law allows the self-determination of gender, that is, the change of sex on your ID from 16 and without the need for a medical report that accredits “gender dysphoria”. It is precisely this point that has generated the most disagreements among the government partners. In this context, the former minister of the socialist wing, Carmen Calvo, already warned that gender self-determination could be “a risk for 47 million people”.
Some words were also endorsed in the plenary of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), which last April unanimously approved the report to the preliminary bill “for the real and effective equality of trans people and for the guarantee of the rights of LGTBI people”. In that report, the magistrates agreed to raise the age limit to 18 so that a person could request rectification of sex themselves. ” This would extend the procedure provided for in the preliminary draft for minors between 12 and 14 years of age, which requires judicial approval, after processing a file of voluntary jurisdiction and the demonstration of the necessary maturity and the stable will to proceed to the rectification of the sex registration”, explained the judges.
The new rule also prohibits conversion therapies as a “very serious violation of human rights”. ” They are inhuman and degrading treatment, torture”, said the head of Equality on several occasions.