Former Soviet satellite to make gender ID change simple.

Two trans women in Kyrgyzstan (photo: Labrys/GFW)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Transgender people in Kyrgyzstan will soon not need medical documentation to change their ID on identification papers. This is the result of effort by the Global Fund for Women partner Labrys and human rights bodies within the United Nations in prodding the Kyrgyz government into letting Labrys develop a new ID change process. This legislation has now been approved with no objections from the country’s various ministries and is now awaiting the Prime Minister’s signature.

Labrys’ founder, Anna Kirey: “Our job was to develop legislation that would allow transgender people to be able to change their name and gender marker without any kind of medical interventions if they do not wish to do so . . .”

It is interesting to note this change was made in a country where violence and hatred for LGBT people remains high, doctors are generally ignorant of trans issues,  recent major political upheavals, and ongoing inter-ethnic violence.

Read more: Reaching for the Highest Peak – Global Fund for Women.


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