Monday, 20 December 2010

Independent: MGRM welcomes court judgement
The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) welcomed the judgement of the Constitutional Court in the case Joanne Cassar instituted against the Director of Public Registry, which resulted in the right of transsexuals to marry being recognised.

MGRM said the judgement is a step forward for all post-operative trans persons but a great deal "still needs to be achieved for the rights of transgender persons to be fully respected". The Fundamental Rights Agency in its updated report on Homophobia, Transphobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (2010) calls on EU states to "abolish divorce and genital surgery as preconditions to the rectification of the recorded sex or alteration of name on official documents," it said.

On 10 December, Human Rights Day, the MGRM will be launching a proposed gender identity bill which seeks to offer comprehensive legal protection and redress to trans persons. "It is hoped that this will build on the progress that has been made in recent years," the MGRM said.

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