Santiago, Chile, Sep 7, 2018 / 18:28 pm
The Chilean Senate has passed a gender identity bill that would allow minors as young as 14 to change their name and gender in the civil registry.
The bill, which passed Sept. 4 by a vote of 26-14, will now go to the Chamber of Deputies, where it must be approved before becoming law.
The legislation defines gender identity as the "personal and interior conviction of being male or female, according to how one perceives oneself, which may or may not correspond with the sex and name as attested on the birth registration certificate."
This "may or may not involve the alteration of appearance or bodily function through medical, surgical or other analogous treatments, as long as they are freely chosen."