Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Malta Today: Transsexual wins right to be recognised as a man

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

The courts have ordered the director of the public registry to effect name and gender changes in the birth certificate of a woman who underwent surgery to become a man.

The man, whose name cannot be published by court order, was born on 22 May, 1984 as a girl, but said in his writ that he had "male inclinations, behaviour and orientation both psychologically and externally" since childhood.

She later underwent gender reassignment surgery in Belgrade, Serbia, where he took on the male gender "irreversibly".

Maltese law recognises the rights of people who undergo gender reassignment surgery to change their gender on their birth certificates.

In his writ, the man asked the courts to order the public registry to amend his birth certificate, and change his name from his birth-name, to his new male name.

His proof of gender reassignment was established by Profs. Godfrey Laferla and Dr Raymond Galea as court experts.

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