France has joined a growing list of countries that no longer require a person to have surgery before they can change their legal
Trans people living in the country will now only have demonstrate that they live according to their gender identity socially, at work and within their family environment.
While this represents a major step forward, many do not believe it goes far enough, with members of the trans community continuing to campaign for self-declaration of gender, as is the case in countries like Ireland
French LGBT rights organization Inter-LGBT cautiously welcomed the change in a statement, saying "The work is not complete: but it is a step forward, as medicalization is no longer required".
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