Uruguay will now cover gender affirmation surgery for transgender citizens. This new law is one of the most progressive LGBTQ+ laws in the world.
The Comprehensive Law for Trans People states trans people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities deserve a “life free of discrimination and stigmatization.” The law defines hormone therapy and gender affirmation surgery as a “right,” which will be paid for by the state. It also ensures one percent of government jobs be reserved for trans people and develops a fund to pay reparations to trans people who faced persecution in the past.
In Uruguay, the life expectancy of a trans woman is 45 years and trans women have the highest HIV rates of any community. Lawmakers hope this new initiative improves conditions for the marginalized group. It also makes it easier for people to change their gender identity and name in legal documents.
Many are recognizing the country’s progressive move.
@naiquen23pg tweeted, “I’m so happy that I live in the country, a little more equality!! #Itsthelaw #TransLawNow.”
@leytransya tweeted, “Once again the world talks about Uruguay because of our fight for a more equal society! #Itsthelaw #TransLawNow.”
The law comes also at a time when LGBTQ+ rights are being threatened around the world.