Legal Gender Recognition in Europe

2nd revised version

The European legal gender recognition landscape has changed dramatically since the first edition of the toolkit “Legal Gender Recognition in Europe”. Since 2013, eight more states now have procedures in place enabling a person to adapt their official records and documents, with four out of the 41 states
which have such provisions basing their procedures on self-determination. In 2015, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe welcomed the emergence of a right to gender identity, which gives every individual the right to recognition of their gender identity. We have witnessed a paradigm shift from medicalised procedures to a generation of laws with human rights as major yardstick.

In a statement, Laws for the future – TGEU publishes revised legal gender recognition toolkit, Richard Köhler, Transgender Europe’s Senior Policy Officer commented on the new edition of the toolkit

“we invite policy makers and activists to use this toolkit to advance trans rights. We were overwhelmed with the demand for the first toolkit and realized it quickly became out of date, with many better laws and case law evolving in the last five years.”


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EU_FlagThis publication has been produced with financial support from the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of
Transgender Europe, and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission or the Open Society Foundation.

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