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'Gender ID' laws:
Update from Denmark, August 2020
The Danish government has presented a list of initiatives to secure intersex and transgender people. They want to secure them from discrimination outside the workplace. Nobody knows at this point, what that means. They want an explicit prohibition to discriminate against transgender and intersex people outside and inside the workplace. They want to prohibit 'hateful speech' and hate crimes against transgender and intersex people. It might mean that saying a penis is a male organ will be forbidden. The plan is to make it easier to change your name so it matches your 'gender identity'.
Transgender people will be registered according to their 'gender' as parents. Children will be allowed to change their social security number so it matches their 'gender identity'. Earlier you had to wait 6 months, before adults could change their social security number. This will no longer be the case. It will be possible to get an X instead of Male or Female in your passport.
Radical feminists and gender critical people of Denmark are horrified. All Danish left wing parties are on board. I have no clue on who to vote for anymore.
Previous update, 2019
On January 1st 2017 Denmark was the first country in the world to remove transgenderism from the list of mental disorders. From 2014 legal gender reassignment was made possible when people over the age of 18 were allowed to change their social security number so it matched their identified gender. Allowing minors under 18 the right to legal gender reassignment is currently being considered.
Although Denmark was the first mover in these areas, trans ideology is still a relatively unknown phenomenon which has gained very little ground in the political debate. Things have still not reached a point where gender identification is given more importance than biological sex. Trans-gendered women do not have access to changing rooms for women or women's prisons, and in a number of areas distinctions are still made to biological sex rather than to identified gender.
The debate on this topic is currently mainly centred in the feminist and LGBT circles as it focuses on women's rights and lesbian and gay rights.
Trans ideology is gaining more attention in public debate. Especially since a group of trans activists denied a group of lesbians access to the The Women's House in Copenhagen. A place that feminist occupied in 1978 and which are supposed to be for women only. Trans activists claimed that this particular group of lesbians were bio-essentialists and transphobic.
A lot of lesbians feel betrayed by LGBT Denmark. LGBT Denmark has made it clear that they support trans rights regardless of the impact this may have on other groups within the organisation and like in the UK lesbians has made their own group as they do no longer feel represented by LGBT Denmark.