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France will no longer require trans people to undergo surgery before changing their gender

2016-07-14
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". More stories: Justine Greening appointed UK’s first LGBT Minister for Equalities ‘Coming out to my wife was hard, but coming out to my family was another level entirely’