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Govt investigator wants to lower age for gender reassignment

Published fredag 23 januari 2015 kl 12.11
Gabriel Wikström (S), Folkhälso- sjukvårds och idrottsminister
Sweden's Health Minister Gabriel Wikström will consider the new report. Photo: Cecilia Tiberg/Sveriges Radio

Government appointed investigator Lotta Vahlne Westerhäll argues that children as young as 12 should be allowed to legally change their gender, Swedish Radio News reports. 

Today the age at which you're allowed to change your gender in official documents in Sweden is 18, but Vahlne Westerhäll argues in a new report that 12-year-olds should be able to apply with their parents' consent and 15-year-olds should be able to do it without.

She also suggests that 15-year-olds should be able to apply for gender reassignment surgery, but that the National Board of Health and Welfare's legal council should still have the deciding power.

"Transgender people are overrepresented when it comes to abuse and hate crimes and are a very vulnerable group in society", Lotta Vahlne Westerhäll says.

She has handed over her report to Sweden's Health Minister Gabriel Wikström, but he has yet to comment on its contents.

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