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Argentine President Gives Out New Trans Identity Cards

Argentine President Gives Out New Trans Identity Cards

 

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez on Monday gave out new national identity cards to several trans citizens. This comes as part of Argentina’s landmark recognition of gender expression-change health care.

Reports the Washington Post:

Fernandez handed out the new identity cards to a half-dozen people who were born one sex but now identify as another. She also gave new cards to several children of lesbian parents who couldn’t be properly identified before.

Speaking at a ceremony in Buenos Aires, President Fernandez commented that this new recognition created a greater equality in Argentina, reportedly saying:

“I want to say something about all of you. Today you are going to have the same rights that I and millions of Argentines have had from the day we were born. This is the society that we want. A society of reparation for everything you’ve had to go through to reach this point.”

The law gives trans citizens the legal right to officially change their gender markers and spares them a lengthy and costly court process.

The law also mandates that health care providers offer gender change related health care, including hormone treatments and surgery, as part of the “Obligatory Medical Plan.” Providers are not able to charge extra premiums for those services either.


Related Reading:

Argentina’s Trans Rights Campaign (VIDEO)
Brazilian Judge OKs Gay Civil Union to Become Marriage
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2:47AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Way to go Argentina.

5:18AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Well done Argentina and President Fernandez. Your record on LGBTQ rights is leading the way in South and Central America.

8:19AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Here's a thought.....Let's just stop reacting to the ignorant posts from Steve R. By commenting about him, he is getting the attention he so dearly craves.

Ignoring a bully is much better than putting a spotlight on him.

8:59AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

When will people like Steve R realize that the problems transgendered people experience come from people like themselves who think discrimination against those who don't fit into narrow gender categories of "women" and "men" is acceptable since the "general population" is also prejudiced?

7:31AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thank you President Fernandez. You are a strong and progressive politician.
Gracias presidente Leonel Fernández. Usted es un político fuerte y progresista.

9:03PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Bless her heart! Argentina shames the US by helping to make the plight of the helpless become part of the normal. What an awesome act of compassion!

6:41PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Steve are you aware that you've still got your head stuck up that kids ass?

6:25PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Pickin on the transgenderd, huh Steve? Typically ignorant, vindictive response from you, trolling the LGBT care2 articles and making your digs. Ignorant people like you don't bother to educate yourselves. If you did, you would know that scientists all agree that men's and women's brains differ, even more than men's brains being lighter in weight. And transgendered people have the brain of the opposite gender. It's something that happens in the womb, before birth. I thought ignorant pugnuckers like you were all for defending the rights of fetuses? Such hypocrisy!

3:18PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

This is good to hear

1:43PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Hope she can also figure out which jail to put them in if they happen to get arrested.....

Or which rest rooms they should use.

Somehow I doubt that the prejudice of the general population will change any faster than it is in America.

Which means ID card or no ID card - they're still likely to experience problems.

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