No-op ID sex change OK’d

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An Athens court has up­held the right of in­di­vid­u­als to legally al­ter their name and gen­der sta­tus with­out hav­ing un­der­gone sex re­as­sign­ment surgery.

The rul­ing came af­ter a ju­di­cial re­quest tabled by a trans­gen­der man in April 2015 ask­ing the court to ap­prove a new name and gen­der sta­tus. The in­di­vid­ual was re­ceiv­ing hor­mone ther­apy, but had not un­der­gone gen­i­tal surgery.

Judges said that con­sid­er­ing surgery a pre­con­di­tion for gen­der iden­tity change runs against Ar­ti­cle 8 of the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights, which states that “every­one has the right to re­spect for his pri­vate and fam­ily life, his home and his cor­re­spon­dence.”

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