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Spain Has Passed A New Bill That Will Allow Anyone Over 14 To Self-Identify Their Gender Legally

Spain’s lower house of parliament has passed a new bill allowing anyone aged 14 and older to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis.

Spain’s lower house of parliament has passed a new bill allowing anyone aged 14 and older to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis.

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MPeople march during a demonstration focused on the trans community on June 28, 2021 in Madrid, Spain.(Photo By A. Perez Meca/Europa Press via Getty Images)

Individuals wilI only have to self-identify their gender by filling out a form at the registry office and confirming it three months later.

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A reveler posing during the LGBTQ Pride 2018 parade in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Under the bill, those who are aged 12 and over will be allowed to change their gender.

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Two girls kissing, dressed in rainbow flags at the Pride Parade on July 9, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Benito/Getty Images)

However, teenagers aged between 12 and 14 will require court approval, and those between 14 to 16 will require parental consent.

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A protester holds a placard reading ‘don’t touch our rights’ as people gathered at Puerta del Sol during a protest to defend the rights of the LGBTQ people.(Photo by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Under the bill, the requirements for hormone therapy and a psychological diagnosis will no longer be mandatory for people to switch gender in official documents.

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Transgender activists demonstrate during the WorldPride 2017 in Madrid, Spain, where an estimate of more than two million people participated. (Photo by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A draft of the bill was passed in June 2021, and the bill passed on Dec. 22 by 188 to 150 votes.

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A participant during the celebration of the Pride of Madrid 2022 LGBTQ parade in the Paseo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.(Photo by Atilano Garcia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“During this Pride, we make history with a law that takes a giant step forward in LGBT rights and in particular in trans people rights,” Equality Minister, Irene Montero, said in a press conference at the time.

If it becomes law, the bill would also ban LGBTQ conversion therapy.

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Two people carrying a placard reading “Loving freely is not a crime” during the 2022 LGBTQ Pride in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

It will allow lesbian couples to register their children under both parents.

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Participants with rainbow flags and umbrellas during the celebration of the Pride of Madrid 2022 LGBTQ parade in the Paseo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Atilano Garcia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

It also includes measures for including transgender people in the workforce, housing and education.

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A womansmiles at the camera during the Pride march held in Madrid in 2022. (Photo by Luis Soto/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“We are making progress on rights as a country,” Equality Minister Irene Montero said in the debate leading up to the vote, Reuters reported. “We want all LGBTI people to be able to be themselves, without closets.”

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A demonstrator holds a sign reading “It’s a law now” as activists gather to celebrate after a vote in favor of a transgender rights bill in front of the Spanish Congress of Deputies in Madrid, on December 22, 2022. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

The bill will now move on to the upper house of the senate to be approved before it becomes law. 

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A protester is seen shouting and raising fist during a protest against delays in the bill. (Photo by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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