The Norwegian Government has put forward a proposal that would allow children from the age of seven to be able to change their legal gender if they have the consent of their parents.
Under the proposed legislation from the Norwegian Government transgender people will no longer have to undergo genital surgery and be sterilized when they change their legal gender.
If passed into law the bill would make Norway one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to transgender rights.
The proposal also includes that children over sixteen years of age will be able to change their legal gender without parental consent.
While transgender children will be able to change their gender for legal purposes they will not be legally allowed to undergo any kind of surgery related to sex change before they reach eighteen years of age. genital surgery will also no longer be compulsory once they become adults.
Legal arrangements for transgender people in Norway had not been updated in six decades, resulting in Norway’s treatment of transgender people lagging behind most other Western European nations.
The proposed changes where announced at a Oslo Europride festival by Health Minister Bent Høie.
“This is an important area where Norway has lagged far behind many other countries for many years,” Høie said.
“Now we can be proud that we are implementing this law.”
Last Updated on Aug 6, 2015