France passes legislation scrapping transgender sterilization law

Transgender people celebrate a win in France amid the country passing legislation Thursday that allows the transgender community to not have to undergo sterilization.

France’s new legal gender recognition law without the requirements of sterilization or undergoing medical procedures comes at a time when a group of European nations strengthened transgender people’s rights, according to Reuters.

A spokeswoman from the ILGA-Europe network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups told the Reuters, "These are years of sparring that finally come to fruition." She also added that, "There is no other population in the world that is asked to be sterilized apart from transgender."

Other European countries have allowed people to change their gender legally just by informing officials.

While this is considered a win for rights activists, transgender people in France will still have to go to court in order to change their gender.

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