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  1. Argentina Main Page
  2. The Dirty War Begins
  3. Recession and Economic Instability
  4. Dirty War Criminals Put on Trial
  5. Economy on the Rebound
  6. President and Vice President At Odds on Big Issues
  7. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Easily Wins Second Term
  8. Supreme Court Makes Historic Ruling on Abortion
  9. Government Seizes Control of Nation's Largest Oil Company
  10. Groundbreaking Transgender Law Passed
  11. Jorge Rafael Videla Dies in Prison
Groundbreaking Transgender Law Passed

In May 2012, the Senate unanimously passed a law allowing people to alter their gender on official documents without psychiatric diagnosis or surgery. Public and private medical practitioners are now required to give free hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery to all transgenders who desire it, including anyone under the age of 18. The new law has gone well beyond measures passed over the last ten years in Britain and Spain. Those two countries passed laws allowing people to change their gender and name after receiving a psychiatric diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

Two years ago Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage. The May 2012 gender identity law has also made Argentina a world leader in transgender rights.

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