Trans rights reform has been approved in Uruguay

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Uruguay’s Congress passed a ground-breaking new law granting rights to trans people on October 18. In part, since then trans people of the country are able to state their chosen name and preferred gender in their official documents without judicial approval. The law ensures trans people are allowed the “free development of personality according to their chosen gender identity, irrespective of their biological, genetic, anatomical, morphological (or) hormonal”. Gender affirmation surgery and hormonal treatment for transgender people are going to be state-funded according to the new law. The new law also requires one percent of government jobs to be given to trans people over the next 15 years. And it creates a pension for trans people born before December 1975, which is intended to act as compensation for those who were persecuted under Uruguay’s military dictatorship from 1973 to 1985. The trans activists praised such a decision

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