Surgery and sterilisation scrapped in Malta's benchmark LGBTI law

April 1, 2015 5:00 PM

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LONDON, April 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Transgender people in Malta will no longer need to have surgery, sterilisation and a diagnosis of mental illness to legally change gender under a law passed on Wednesday, which rights groups hailed as a new benchmark for LGBTI rights in Europe.

The majority of countries in Europe require transgender people to undergo a series of medical procedures, be diagnosed with a mental disorder and get divorced if married in order to have their desired gender legally recognised by the government.

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