Chile passes gender identity law

Chile passes gender identity law

Lawmakers in Chile on Wednesday passed [press release, in Spanish] a gender identity law [materials, in Spanish] that allows transgender people over 14 to legally change their name and sex markers on official documents.

The law passed [roll call, in Spanish] in a 95-46 vote after five years of discussion.

As a result, transgender people in Chile who are over the age of 14 can change the information on their birth certificate in order to align their official documents with their gender identity. Transgender people who are over 18 will be able to change this information through the Civil Registry and Identification Service, while those who are between the ages of 14 and 18 will need permission from a parent or a guardian as well as from a family court.