Denmark moves towards allowing official sex change for young transgender people

People under the age of 18 in Denmark could soon be able to legally change their gender on identification and official documentation.

Denmark moves towards allowing official sex change for young transgender people
Copenhagen Pride in 2018. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix

A broad political majority, consisting of the Social Democrats, Red Green Alliance, Social Liberal and Liberal parties all support the law change, Kristeligt Dagblad reports.

A potential law change in the area was first mooted in 2018 under the previous government, which said it could help improve equality for transgender people.

Since 2014, Denmark has allowed people over the age of 18 to change their gender in a legal sense, meaning, for example, that they are described as the gender they identify as on the country’s Central Personal Registration (CPR).

The CPR personal number provides access to the public health system and is also used as an ID by services like banks, mobile phone companies and gyms.

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Since the numbers are constructed to denote the gender of the holder (even numbers are given to women, odd numbers to men), transgender people often experience confusion or difficulty when using their CPR as an ID, unless they legally change their gender and receive a new number.

The four parliamentary parties want that issue to be corrected, including for under-18s.

“We know that it means a lot to children who do not identify as the gender denoted by their CPR number. It puts them in a lot of uncomfortable situations,” Red Green Alliance equality spokesperson Mai Villadsen told Kristeligt Dagblad.

A panel was commissioned by the last government to analyse the issue as part of an LGBTI equality plan announced in 2018.

The panel is yet to conclude its work, but the centre-right Liberal party, which helped commission it, is supportive of the idea.

Former minister for equality Eva Kjer Hansen, who was coordinating minister for LGBTI issues under the last government, said her party remains willing to lower the age of legal gender change. The Social Democrats are also in support, while the Social Liberals are open to a minimum age of 15.

READ ALSO: Danish government could reduce ‘very uncomplicated’ legal sex change age for young transgender people

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WATCH: Viral Norwegian Christmas ad where Santa has a boyfriend

A Christmas advert by Posten, the Norwegian postal service, which depicts Santa in a same-sex relationship, has been branded "fantastic" and "perfect" after going viral. 

Pictured is a screenshot from Posten's Christmas advert.
The advert where Santa Claus falls in love with Harry, both pictured above, has caused a stir on social media. Picture from screenshot Youtube/ Posten.

Posten’s Christmas advert titled “When Harry met Santa” — a nod to the 1989 rom-com “When Harry met Sally…” — has caused a splash since it premiered on social media before airing on Norwegian screens this week. 

The new ad follows up on last year’s offering where Santa was angry at the postal service for taking away his “business”. 

The nearly four-minute film sees Santa and Harry build up a bond over several years. However, the pair are restricted to fleeting encounters due to Santa’s packed schedule- until he enlists Posten to ease his workload so the two can spend more time together before sharing a kiss in the final scene. 

The advert was made to mark next year’s 50th anniversary of same-sex relationships being decriminalised in the Scandinavian country.

“This year, it’s all about love – highlighting the fact that 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Norway,” Posten said in a statement to newswire Reuters.

“In addition to showing the flexibility of our services, we want to put it in a socially relevant setting,” it said.

Mats Strandberg, who is married to Johan Ehn, the actor who plays Harry, tweeted, “That’s my husband kissing Santa!”. 

Below you can watch the ad with English subtitles.