On June 6, 2016, the Parliament approved the first law regulating gender recognition in Norway, which comes into force today.
These are some of the highlights of the law:
- All above the age of 16 can change legal gender at their own will
- No reflection period
- The change of gender will be on official documents
- The age for change of name will be lowered from 18 to 16
- No diagnosis is required
- No compulsory medical intervention
- No surgical requirements
- No compulsory sterilisation
- Age restrictions below the age of 6
- Children between 6 and 16 can change legal gender if both or at least one of the parents give the consent
Read a personal narrative by Norwegian activist and TGEU Steering Committee member Stein Wolff Frydenlund about the new law and how it came into place.