Netherlands bans forced sterilisation of trans people
Holland’s transgender community celebrated a victory this week when the Senate voted on December 17 to ban forced sterilisation of transgender people.
At present, transgender people can only change their legal gender after transitioning, and in order to transition they were forced to undergo sterilisation prior to gender reassignment surgery.
The new law will eliminate the forced sterilisation of transgender people prior to surgery and lowers the age of consent for taking transitioning hormones or undertaking surgery to 16. It will also simplify the process by which transgender people can change their gender on documentation such as birth certificates.
The new law will come into force in July 2014.