Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

Cyprus introduces gender change legislatio­n


Cypriots wanting to change their gender identity will soon be able to do so simply by submitting an under-oath applicatio­n with the Registrar and paying a EUR 50 fee.

A bill recently submitted by the Ministry of Justice enables the procedure, which had been the subject of consultati­ons over the past three years.

The bill also foresees that teenagers over the age of 16, expressing discomfort with their assigned gender, can apply to change their gender identifica­tion, provided that they have

their parents’ permission.

The purpose of the law is to secure the right to gender identity recognitio­n and/or to change registered gender identity informatio­n without the need for proof of surgery or any other interventi­on. According to the bill, every person is entitled to:

- To decide their gender

- Respect for their bodily integrity and physical autonomy, regardless of their expression of identity, gender, or gender characteri­stics.

- Free developmen­t as an individual and as a personalit­y, according to their gender identity.

- Treatment according to their gender identity and, in particular, to documents that prove their identity.

As provided in the bill, any person requesting gender reassignme­nt is not required to provide proof of a surgical procedure for total or partial genital reassignme­nt, hormone therapy or any other psychiatri­c, psychologi­cal, or medical treatment.

In their affidavit, the applicant must state their desired gender, their assigned gender, the one registered with authoritie­s, their new name, and a statement they fully understand their choice’s consequenc­es.

The bill notes that any medical interventi­on on minors is prohibited unless serious life-threatenin­g conditions exist.

It stipulates that a Family Court must approve any gender change for children under 16.

The court can only issue a decree for the legal recognitio­n of the gender identity of a minor, only if it requests and receives a positive unanimous opinion from the Juvenile Gender Identity Committee.

The court must also be satisfied that both the parents or guardians of the minor comprehend the consequenc­es of their applicatio­n.

Children involved must prove that they are mature enough to express their desire to change their gender identifica­tion.

Any change must be in the best interest of the minor.

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