Seeds: While the trans people are slowly becoming increasingly visible (I mean, who doesn’t love Laverne Cox?), the rights of trans people still have a long way to go. For example, up until last month, transgendered men and women in France were not allowed to legally change their gender without undergoing sterilization.
Core: Last month, France made a huge step forward in fight the for transgender equality by abolishing the sterilization requirement. This change comes in a wave of progress for the trans community that has taken place in Europe over the last couple of years. In 2014 Ireland, Malta, and Denmark made it far easier for transgender people to change their genders by foregoing any sort of medical or state intervention.
Skin: Many in the trans community see the end of the sterilization law in France as a great success. Others are calling for the law to be altered further to resemble legislation in Malta, Ireland, and Denmark. This way transgender people would not have to make a court appearance in order to legally change gender.
Leaves: Although things do seem like they are getting better for the trans community, one must remember statistics such as this. According to an EU report from December 2014, transgender people are twice as likely as gay people to be insulted, threatened, or attacked. When it comes to equality for trans people, both socially and politically, there is still a long way to go.
Food For Thought: Do you think France should change the law? Is true equality for the trans community possible in our lifetimes?
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