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Denmark ends sterilization demand before sex change

COPENHAGEN, Denmark--The Danish parliament on Wednesday scrapped a law requiring people to be sterilized as part of the sex change procedure before they could be legally recognized as another gender.

As of September 1, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply for a legal gender change simply by stating that they belong to the other sex, after which they must complete a six-month “reflection period,” the Danish government said.

They would no longer have to undergo the physical sex change procedure before obtaining a new gender on their identification card.

“Today we have dropped the requirement of sterilization when transgendered people need a new personal identification number as part of a legal sex change,” Minister for Economics and the Interior Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

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