Argentina’s government has allowed a six-year-old transgender girl to receive identification documents that recognise her gender identity without the need for legal or medical recourse, possibly making her the youngest person anywhere in the world to legally change their gender without prior approval from a court.
Argentina’s parliament passed the Gender Identity Law in January 2012 to allow citizens to legally change their names and listed sex or gender on official documents without the need for it to be first sanctioned by a health professional or judge.
The act allows individuals to decide what name and sex they would like to be identified as. The South American nation is the only country in the world to allow such an option for its citizens.
Late last month Buenos Aires governor Daniel Sciol, intervened in the case of a six-year-old, known as Lulu, who was born biologically male but according to her parents has always identified as female as soon as she could talk.
Lulu’s family had initially tried to receive the ID changes last December but their request was refused the request because of her age. Lulu’s mother Gabriela then wrote to Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner as well as Scioli, who also served as Children, Youth and Family secretary in the country’s government.
“The government of the province of Buenos Aires has decided to provide a solution to this particular case raised by the family,” Sciolo’s chief of staff Alberto Perez said according to La Nacion.
Thanking the government and the community groups which supported her, Lulu’s mother, Gabriela, said her daughter will continue to have her full support as she gets older.
“By accepting that my son was not the son I gave birth to, but a girl, I accepted her identity and put myself at her side,” she said.