Pro-transgender bill introduced in South Africa

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 31 2003 12:00 AM ET

A bill that seeks to allow transgendered people to change their legal sexual identity has been approved in South Africa, The Star reports. The Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Bill will be submitted to parliament for consideration, a government spokesman said. The bill is expected to address the increasing number of court cases brought against the department of home affairs by transgendered people. If passed, it would allow them to change their identity particulars to reflect their new gender. This would also affect the population register and the census.

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