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  • Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and residents participate in the annual Diversity March in downtown Montevideo.

    Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and residents participate in the annual Diversity March in downtown Montevideo. | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 October 2018

The new law establishes a framework to revert discriminative and stigmatization actions, as well as guaranteeing trans people the full exercise of their rights.

Congress in Uruguay approved with a large majority (62 out of the 88 lawmakers in session), the project of comprehensive law for trans people, to ensure the protection of their rights. The project of law was promoted by the government of the Broad Front (FA), and now the initiative has been passed to the Executive Power for its proclamation to become an official law.

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The new law establishes a framework to revert discriminative actions, as well as guaranteeing trans people the full exercise of their rights.

The law stipulates the “free development of personality according to their chosen gender identity, irrespective of their biological, genetic, anatomical, morphological (or) hormonal.” As well, it provides children under 18 may undergo sex-change surgery, with the consent of their parents.

In the case of an underage child that wants to access the hormonal treatments, the first step is to have the parents consent. If there is no such agreement the minor can appeal to the article 110 of the Civil Code, in which the best interest of the child is prioritized, so that a medical team may resort to the judicial process - and that, eventually, a judge authorizes such treatments.

The adaptation of the name and/or sex in identification documents is authorized, in the new law. It also ensures that transgendered people receive a certain percentage of public and private educational scholarships and access to the National Integrated Health System.


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