Ministry To Boost Transgender Rights - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Ministry To Boost Transgender Rights

Published March 30, 2011

The Ministry of Welfare wants to assemble a committee to put together a bill that would increase the rights of Iceland’s transgender population.
As it stands now, there is very little actual legislation on transgender issues one way or the other. But as the issue gains more prominence, the government will need to respond to matters pertaining to the transgender community.
Vísir reports that Minister of Welfare Guðbjartur Hannesson has called together a committee that would draft a bill for expressly that purpose.
The ministry believes that two matters need to be addressed. First, there needs to be clearer legislation with regards to changing one’s name and sex in the National Registry. Second, there also need to be clearer guidelines with regards to how one qualifies to have the procedure done – from therapy and hormone treatment to surgery.
The committee has been assigned to submit a draft of a bill by the end of 2011.

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