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New transgender laws considered

Transsexual people in the Isle of Man will have their new gender recognised in law under draft legislation.

The Gender Recognition Bill 2008 is based on similar legislation introduced in the UK.

Under the bill, a person who has had a sex change operation and has a full gender recognition certificate will have their new status recognised.

The draft bill has been published by the government, and comments from the public are now invited.

'Legal obligation'

Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK said: "The judgement of the European Court of Human Rights means that the Isle of Man is under an international legal obligation to change its law to recognise transsexual people in their new gender.

"I would now like to give the general public an opportunity to submit any comments that they may have."

An explanatory paper on the Gender Recognition Bill 2008 is available from the government office, or on its website.

The UK legislation is the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (of Parliament) which has been in force since April 2005.


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