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Chilean Representatives Vote for a Bill in Favor of Transsexual People

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of January 25, 2018) On January 23, 2018, the Chilean House of Representatives voted for a gender bill allowing adult trans- and intersexual people to change their name and gender identity by ways of a simple declaration at the civil registry office – without medical or psychological certificate, and without legal proceedings. They will only have to inform their spouse or partner of their change of civil status.

As a result of the Pope’s visit of Chile, the voting date was changed from January 16 to 23 but it could still be held during the term of current president Michelle Bachelet.

Law on gender identity

The higher chamber of parliament (the Senate) had already accepted a first version of the bill in June 2017. After the amendments by the House of Representatives, the bill has to be passed by the Senate in third lecture. Additional amendments require the approval by a joint committee of both chambers.

Transsexual children and youths will also have the right to such changes of their civil state, provided their parents agree to it, and once a family court has given its approval.

It is currently unclear whether the Senate will vote for the bill before president elect Sebastián Piñera will take office on March 11, 2018. We do not know either whether the Senate will hold its vote on the planned same-sex marriage bill before Piñera’s inauguration.

Sebastián Piñera is against same-sex marriage and the free decision on gender identity but the Senate is in favor of these issues. We would not like to see the new president oppose the representatives of the Chilean people and their decision in favor of these two important questions.

On January 9, 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights prompted the Latin-American countries to legalize same-sex marriage. This decision was received in very positive ways in Chile’s House of Representatives – however, the bill on gender identity had already been presented to the parliament four years ago.

The bill entails that any discrimination of trans- and intersexual people will be considered an offense in the future. What would that mean in case future president Piñera were to oppose this bill or the new law?

Frank-S / MensGo

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