Mexico: Mexico City extends official rights to transgender individuals

The News Transgender individuals in Mexico City will be able to change their name and sex on official documents thanks to a new law passed by the capital's Assembly on Friday.
A civil court has between three and six months to accept and carry out a request to adjust birth certificates and other legal paperwork, the law states.
City legislators say this is the first time any member of the transgender, transsexual and transvestite community will have the option to alter their documentation to fit their identity.
"Until now people in this condition were essentially undocumented in Mexico City, because they have a physical appearance that does not match their papers," said Leticia Quezada, a member of the Assembly.
While transgender representatives celebrated the law, they said it did not go far enough.
A previous version of the bill granted free sex-change operations at public hospitals, but that was stricken from the legislation after some left-wing lawmakers said there was not enough support for such a measure to pass the Assembly.
"We celebrate this first step, but it is incomplete," said Anxelica Risco, who represents the group Eon Transgender Integration. "There is nothing more we can do than demand that the law be extended."
Risco, however, praised the new measure for not requiring applicants to first undergo surgery or hormone therapy, but rather to prove their identity change to the courts through the testimony of sexologists and psychologists.
These experts, along with proof that the person is a member of the transgender community, will also prevent criminals from masking their identity in order to escape detection, Quezada said.
Risco said that her fellow activists have been discriminated against when looking for jobs or apartments because they've had to produce paperwork that says they are of the opposite gender.
"There are cases where they are asked to cut their hair or take off their makeup" in order to take photos for their identity cards, she said.
Also Friday, the Assembly passed a law granting 150,000 single mothers living in extreme poverty 220 pesos a month each for basic necessities.
A special Assembly session that ended Friday passed a flurry of laws that included the approval of major urban development and highway projects around the city.
One of the more controversial plans is the building of a waste disposal facility in Tláhuac, which has provoked protests by residents.

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