Transgender children will have easier to change the name that appears in the Civil Registry. After a meeting held this morning by the Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, the General Director of Registries and Notaries, Pedro José Garrido, and representatives of the Chrisallys Association of families of transgender children, ministry sources have reported that a instruction to facilitate and unify the process. "It's a way to give a quick response," say sources of Justice, waiting for the Congress to process a proposal of law of the PSOE in this respect presented in February of last year.
This initiative regulates also the change of the registered sex, but the instruction will attend "what for the affected is the most important", according to sources of Justice. Natalia Aventín Ballarín, president of Chrisallys, agrees: "That letter, the h-of a man or a female-or the m-of a woman or a man-does not matter so much to them, but the name does."
Aventín does not travel to give a number of transgender minors in Spain, but only in its association there are almost a thousand families, which gives an idea of the scope of this situation. The problems to solve are very varied. From minors who live with a name of a gender (for example, female) and do not want to pick up a diploma that includes their male officer, to "all the procedures that imply that they identify", as summarized by the president of Chrysallis . Guys who can not pick up a shipment from a relative in the post office, or others who do not want to sign up for activities such as trips at the end of the course because they have to give their DNI, whose name does not match the one they use.
In addition, some communities have already taken measures to allow schooling with the assumed name, but others have not. And, within the same territory, a child may use a name in school, but not in the health card, adds Aventín.
The instruction will follow the line of the law of the PSOE. This establishes that for those over 16 years, it will suffice that the indivudual request the registry change because "no more requirements are required than an express declaration from the person concerned". Children under that age "may make such request through their parents or legal representatives, in this case specifying the minor's express consent". This variability is the one that, according to another association of affected, the Daniela Foundation, has allowed to change the roles in some cases, because that "depends on each person" who is in charge of the records.
This proposed law, whose term of amendments has been concluded, must still be debated in the Commission, Congress, Senate and, if it undergoes modifications, it must return to Congress. It is about addressing an aspect that in the gender identity law of 2007 left out. This prohibited the registry change of name and sex to minors, but it has been seen in many cases that this delays the process of adaptation of the interested parties, which counters its stigma and hinders an adequate development in fundamental ages for the development of a person.
Those 12 years since the law that apica to adults and incorporates one of the greatest claims of the collective: the depathologization of transsexuality, that is, it is not considered a disease or clinical anomaly that must be accredited through a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, something that the World Health Organization rejects. But this opinion is not shared by the entire House. The Popular Group of Congress has presented an amendment to the proposal, the number 11, that establishes as a requirement for the registration to be changed that "the applicant certifies that he has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria". This will be done "through a doctor's report or clinical psychologist." The justification is that "sexual identity and / or gender expression must be endowed with a certain stability and not depend exclusively on the play of the will of individuals," according to PP.
Aventín angrily rejects this condition. And it indicates that if Justice's instruction included something like that, "they would have burned it."