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Mexican law allows transgender people to change their names

Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 00:53

A Mexico City law is giving transgender people a chance to change their names and gender in public records, as Obama administration condemns 'conversion' therapies. Julie Noce reports.

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Groups of transgender people in Mexico City flocked to the Civil Registry offices to do something they've wanted to do for a long time... legally change their names and genders. In a landmark law passed last November, the city is now allowing transgender people to change their gender and names on public records without a court order. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) TRANSGENDER WOMAN, ARIEL AGUILAR, SAYING: "My appearance is nearly like that of a woman so I go unnoticed. I can lead a normal life like a woman. The only detail were my legal papers. I can't imagine giving my original name, at banks for example and then they stare at you asking: 'Your papers?' and I say: 'Well, there they are.' But with this change, everything is easier and it gives you more security." Mexico's laws went into affect the same day the White House released a statement condemning the use of psychiatric therapies to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. A petition calling for Obama to make the so-called conversion therapies illegal gathered 120,000 signatures.

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Mexican law allows transgender people to change their names

Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 00:53