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Germany, April 12 (BBC) - The German parliament has passed a law making it easier for citizens and residents to legally change gender.

It's also introducing hefty fines - in specific circumstances - for disclosing someone's prior registered name or gender without consent.

Previously, changing your registered gender required a doctor's certificate and the approval of a family court.

Now over-18s can change to male, female or diverse, a third gender option that already exists under German law.

Three months on from a request for such a change, applicants will then have to appear at a registry office in person.

You can also request that no details regarding your gender are registered at all.

The intentional and harmful disclosure of someone's prior name or legal gender could attract a fine of up to €10,000.

However, there are exceptions - for example if it's a legal requirement due to court proceedings or police investigations.

First names will need to represent the new legal gender - so a male entry requires a recognised male first name while a female entry requires a recognised female first name.

Fourteen- to 18-year-olds will need the consent of parents or legal guardians, while under-14s will need their parents or legal guardians to make the declaration.

No further change or reversion can be made within 12 months of an application being granted.

The law allows for those operating spaces - such as women's gyms and changing rooms - to still decide who has access to them.

Applications from male to female or to diverse, made less than two months prior to a national defence emergency, will be put on hold.

The new rules will come into effect on 1 November having been promised in the "traffic light" coalition agreement.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: "We show respect to trans, intersex and non-binary people - without taking anything away from others. This is how we continue to drive the modernisation of our country. This includes recognising realities of life and making them possible by law."

Nyke Slawik, from the Greens - who is transgender - said it was a "first step" towards a society which allows self-determination for trans people.

Conservatives and the far-right AfD were among those to speak out against the plans with warnings the legislation could be misused.

Concerns were also voiced about the impact on young people. "Minors, without proper consultation, could choose a path they might regret later on," said the CDU's Mareike Wulf.

The Self-Determination Act was passed with 374 ayes to 251 no's and 11 abstentions.

  Comments - 8

  • mila Friday, 12 April 2024 11:38 PM

    So many people are suffering because they regret removing their healthy body parts. They thought they were born in the wrong body but found out later that it was just a mental problem. Here in the West, people's lives are being destroyed by this transgender propaganda. Nobody can become a man or woman with operations or synthetic hormones. Sri Lanka should not allow this Western madness to be imposed on our people. Almost all of these people who want their sex changed have been sexually abused when they were young. This is when confusion starts, and they need help, but not sex change.  

    Threat from the white man Saturday, 13 April 2024 01:17 AM

    White man whether he is from Europe, North America , Australia , or New Zealand is sick. They are going to change the whole human species with their sick mind. Because they have the military and economic power they would force us to follow their sick practices. This is why the NON WHITE world should become powerful both militarily and economically as quick as possible.

    Ara Saturday, 13 April 2024 01:35 AM

    If it's over 18 not an issue, in Australia minors have the option and if parents disagree they can take away the child, and also they can give them medication like pubity blockers without informing the parents

    Sokrates Saturday, 13 April 2024 09:24 AM

    This should be a shining example for Sri Lanka. A shamefully obsolete Victorian sexual morality still prevails here. Some very conservative and unteachable people may now argue that this can pose a danger to children. LGBT people cannot pose any danger. Since a gender preference is innate and anchored in the genes, no child or adult can be lured into a preference other than their innate one. The danger comes from people who have a disturbed relationship with sexuality or corresponding phobias. These are the sex offenders that need to be warned about.

    Sokrates Saturday, 13 April 2024 12:19 PM

    @ Mila. Your comment shows what a lack of knowledge and poor education you have. It is also not possible for you to empathize with other people's psyches, especially if they cannot be reconciled with your absurd and reactionary worldview. Your sick brain is barely capable of writing hateful comments about the West and people with white skin.

    Having a time of my life (I mean a pakka time) Saturday, 13 April 2024 02:33 PM

    Get over it. I was born Male, now I'm female. Later on I want to become Shemale and then I'll change back to Gmail. Lol. Who cares if someone is not happy with their clothes. Let them change it. We just get on with our lives and have a pakka time!

    Gert Jan, the Netherlands Saturday, 13 April 2024 07:13 PM

    Mila: my son is a student living in s dorm with a transgender person. When you hear the heartbreaking story of this woman, you will change your opinion for sure. Even in my liberal country the acceptance of the LGBT community is still very needed. Especially by the immigrants of conservative countries.

    mila Saturday, 13 April 2024 07:24 PM

    @Threat from the white man True! They force their depravity on every human being on the planet, and the numerous wars they are waging, cause pain for everybody. Regretfully, most Sri Lankans have a great deal of faith in these white Europeans and adore their culture. Watch and see. These Europeans will soon reveal their true selves to the world. They are planning to commit genocide on a worldwide scale soon. Its all about racial supremacy. Sri Lankans living in the West will be destroyed by these Europeans. Before it's too late, Sri Lankans return home as quickly as possible.

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