Colombia adds itself to the list of countries eliminating medical examination requirements for legal gender identity recognition
- The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior effected the change last Friday, removing the physical and psychiatric
- Individuals now only need to submit their civil registry form, a copy of their ID card, and a sworn declaration to a notary public to register their identity, after which point the notary will have five days to complete the registration.
- Subsequent changes to gender identity can only be made after a decade and can only be made twice in one’s lifetime.
“Judges used to order bodily inspections to determine if people had physically changed their sex, or demanded a psychiatric exam to know if the applicant had gender dysphoria. … Both exams were profoundly invasive of privacy rights and were rooted in unacceptable prejudice. The construction of sexual and gender identity is an issue that doesn’t depend on biology.”
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