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.
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.