New Gender Marker Law Near Reality in Kyrgrzstan

Published: November 13, 2011

The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan is about to make a breakthrough in transgender rights that puts it ahead of many Western countries, with a new law allowing transgender people to change their name and gender marker on official documents without proof of medical intervention.

The move has been approved by 13 of the nation’s government ministries and awaits the prime minister’s signature to go into effect, according to the Global Fund for Women. It is the result of much effort by the Kyrgyzstan LGBT rights group Labrys, a Global Fund grantee.

Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic, has historically required a formal document to be issued by a medical institution for name and gender marker changes, but there were problems because there is no such process for medical professionals to follow, and the government has not created such a document.

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