Passed on June 6 and effective as of July 1, a new law in Norway has been introduced which allows transgender citizens over 16 years to legally change their gender with one form.
Under the new laws, children as young as six can change their gender as long as they have consent from at least one parent.
Prior to the new gender recognition laws, Norway's process was far more complicated, requiring trans people to go through medical treatments, psychiatric evaluations and to provide 'evidence' of their gender identity. There was also a 'reflection period' which has since been scrapped.
Under the new laws, trans people can also change their name at 16, rather than having to wait until they turn 18, also.
PinkNews reports that the co-chair of ILGA-Europe’s executive board, Joyce Hamilton, said that the new laws "[empower] and [advance] the rights of trans people" and that the "increasing trend towards safe and accessible recognition processes" is to be "celebrated".
Brian Sheehan, another co-chair, agreed, adding that “the Norwegian vote sends out a strong message to other European governments. Oppressive preconditions, such as medical interventions, psychiatric diagnosis or sterilisation, need to be consigned to history.
“The parliamentarians who voted in favor of self-determination today have set a strong example that their counterparts across the continent can follow.”