Via Transgender Health:
Today Wednesday the 30th of June 2010 the National Board of Health and Welfare published their report following the recent overwiev of transgendender care in Sweden that was initiated during the 2009 Stockholm Pride Festival by the Board after demands from RFSL, the National Federation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.
The report suggests farreaching changes for Sweden’s trans and gender variant people and the most important change is that the Board have put forward a solution on the legal issue. Instead of suggesting that the Parliament (Riksdagen) will initiate yet another proposal, the Board proposes that the present law shall be stripped of those parts that are in violation of the human rights of trans and gender variant people such as described by Thomas Hammarberg the Comissioner for Humans Rights at the Council of Europe in his Issue Paper and in alignemenet with the Yogyakarta principles.
In §1 the conditions laid down for who may apply for a legal gender changeare ” a person who, since youth experiances that he belongs to a different gender then the gender put down in the national register and since considerable time is acting accordingly, and must be assumed to continue to live in this gender can apply for a decision that he belongs to the other (legal) gender.”
The former prerequisites of being a Swedish citizen, unmarried and sterile are removed from the proposed law revision. Only two things remain from the old law of 1972, the age limit for legal gender recognition wich is 18 years of age. The other part of the old law that will be in effect is the special permission by the the Forensic Council of the National Board of Health and Welfare needed to undergo GRS/SRS in Sweden which is due to the present laws on sterilisation and castration. This doesn’t apply to similar procedures performed outside of Sweden.
The report also recommends a general review of the situation for trans youth.
It is hoped that care can be made available to all trans people without need for the ICD-10 diagnosis of transsexualism, thereby making available hormone or other forms of treatment without the need for surgery as part of the process of transition. The aim is to disconnect the process of legal gender recognition from medical/surgical requirements and if the National Board of Health and Welfare gets its wish then as from January 1st 2011, any resident in the Kingdom of Sweden will be able to have their legal gender changed to that which they feel most appropriate.
Curtsey to Maria of RFSL for the heads-up