Government proposes completely removing age limits for gender reassignments

Many agree the legislation needs to change, but not so radically

According to the government’s new LGBT+ plan, there will be no age limit on when a child can undergo a gender reassignment. However, up until the age of 15, they must have parental consent.

The current limit is 18, which many agree is too high; in Norway, since 2016 it has been possible for children over the age of six to undergo a gender reassignment, providing they have parental consent.

But should the government’s plan be approved, infants could theoretically undergo a gender reassignment with parental consent.

Debate is still ongoing
Konservative opposes the proposal. “How can you decide to change your gender if you can’t yet control the amount of sleep you get?” Birgitte Bergmann, its gender equality spokesperson, told Jyllands-Posten.

It has also been pointed out that the Socialdemokratiet government made the same proposal two years ago, but it was rejected based on conclusions made by Det Etiske Råd, which recommends that the age limit be lowered to 10-12 years.

The government plans to present the proposal in October.