A proposed bill in the Norwegian Parliament would allow people to change their legal gender online within a matter of minutes.
The bill is expected to pass with few objections when it goes to a vote this summer. Norwegians would just have to go online and simply “tick a box” to change their legal gender.
Children as young as six years of age will be able to change their gender if both parents agree. If one parent objects, authorities will decide what’s “in the child’s best interest.”
“The law will make things easier for us. We wont’t have to always prepare everything in advance before going anywhere,” Sofie Brune, the mother of a six year-old girl who wants to be a boy, told The Local. “So it’s natural that he now plays for the local boy’s [soccer] team, and he’s treated as a boy in school.”
Norwegians are currently forced to go through a full sex change — with surgeries, hormone treatments and psychiatric exams — to be recognized as a different gender than their biological one.
Argentina passed similar legislation in 2012 when it became the first country to allow legal gender change without transformation surgery. The “progressive” move has backfired for the trans community in Argentina.
Transgendered people in Argentina have a life expectancy of just 35 years, since they have a hard time finding jobs and housing to support themselves. The life expectancy for the general population in Argentina is close to 80 years.
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