Hundreds of Danes seeking sex changes
Since the law was changed in September last year to allow people to legally get a sex change, hundreds of Danes have applied to change their gender.
According to the Ministry and Economic Affairs and the Interior, 304 Danes have applied for a legal sex change, and 67 have already been approved.
”These figures are going to rise over the next few weeks as a number of applicants confirm their wish for a sex change after the six-month reflection period expires,” Carsten Grage, a spokesperson for the ministry, told Metroxpress newspaper.
Fill in a form
Before the law change last year, people who yearned for a sex change needed to go through treatment at a sexological clinic – a cumbersome process by all accounts.
But today, they can simply fill in a form on the ministry’s website and then confirm their decision six months later. They can also change back to their original gender at a later point.
The new law also means that Danes over the age of 18 no longer have be required to undergo any compulsory sterilisation surgical procedures in order to apply for a sex change, as was the case before.
The majority of parliament agreed to the legal sex change, except for Venstre, Konservative and Dansk Folkeparti.