Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag, whose office also has responsibility for questions concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has appointed a review into whether people in Sweden whose sex and gender identities do not match should be able to change their gender in official documents already after they turn 16.
Published: January 2, 2014
"The government has agreed to launch an investigation, which I see as a success," Ullenhag told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper on Wednesday. "My feeling is that there is often resistance until you get more knowledge."
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Ullenhag said that the inquiry would look into, for example, what the authorities should do if a teenager and his or her parents disagree in the matter. The review is part of a bigger government investigation into why LGBT persons suffer worse health than other Swedes and into how to tackle hate crimes against members of the diverse community.
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