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Gay Pride parade in Spain, June 28th 2021
The Spanish government on Tuesday approved the draft of a bill to allow anyone over the age of 14 to change gender legally without a medical diagnosis or hormone therapy, the Equality Ministry said.

The draft bill, which will go to a public hearing before another reading in the cabinet and a vote in the lower house of parliament, removes the requirement for two years of hormone therapy and a psychological assessment to switch gender in official records.


Comment: Even with the above, one's biological gender hasn't changed, a DNA test will prove that.


"This is an historic day after more than 15 years without any legislative progress," Equality Minister Irene Montero told a news conference.

"We send a strong message for the protection of LGBTI people," she said, referring to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.

The "self-ID" draft bill sets age limits, with 14- to 16-year-olds needing parental approval, after parliament's rejection in May of a proposal from a group of political parties to give children total freedom to legal gender recognition.

Activists and families of transgender children say the draft bill does not go far enough, while some feminist associations oppose it.

It puts Spain at the centre of Europe's debate about the rights of LGBT people. European Union leaders last week confronted Hungary's prime minister over its new anti-LGBT law.


Comment: Most of these laws being declared 'anti-LGBT' are not that at all, they're laws against propagandizing children with warped ideology that could potentially harm them. Notably, parents across the West are increasingly disturbed by the material that their children are being exposed at school and it's likely that they would welcome such laws.


With the draft bill, which also bans LGBT conversion therapies, Spain is set to join two dozen countries aiming to decouple gender choice from medical procedures and would become the largest European country to introduce self-identification.


Comment: A blatantly anti-science position, because current research demonstrates quite clearly that your biological make up has a significant impact on your medical needs: Sex differences in immune responses to viral infection


If approved, trans people will be able to declare their gender by filling in a form at a registry office and then confirming the decision three months later.

The draft bill is part of a political agreement signed between Spain's Socialist Party (PSOE) and its left-wing junior coalition partner Unidas Podemos. The deal has taken months of negotiations due to the conflicting positions of the two governing parties.

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Saida Garcia of the Euforia non-governmental organisation, which supports transgender children, said the bill failed to accommodate people aged 12 and 13, who require court approval for the process, and younger children who are excluded.


Comment: This is exactly the kind of abuse countries outlawing LGBT propaganda are trying to prevent.


"It's not true self-determination if there are age limits," she said, adding there was also no provision for non-binary people, who do not identify as male or female, or non-Spanish residents.


Comment: There are age limits on all sorts of things, from sexual consent to driving a car, and they're there to protect children.


Aida Chacon Martinez, the mother of a non-binary teenager, said: "Waiting until you're 14 to be recognised for who you are is very hard."

A collective of about 50 feminist groups said it opposed the bill. "These legal reforms are regressive and it is essential to stop them in order not to lose the protection of the specific rights against gender-based oppression," said the Confluencia Feminista federation in a statement.