UPDATE – 13 July 2018: Today, the Portuguese Parliament adopted a new version of the self-determination law. Now, adults can determine their own gender, but a person between 16 and 18 years of age will need parental consent and a medical statement (not a diagnosis). Any doctor can draw up the statement confirming that trans people are informed and able to give their full consent. The law recognises that trans people are the ones who know best who they are, but regrettably keeps some barriers in place for minors. We'll keep working with our partners so that the right to self-determination is fully recognized for everyone.
UPDATE – 06 June 2018: Today we delivered our signatures to the representatives of the political groups in the Portuguese Parliament. We'll keep monitoring the situation with partners on the ground as the parliamentary debate takes place after a new version of the law will be presented to the plenary again on July 12th.
Tiago is a 17-year-old boy from Portugal. For years, he had to face daily embarrassment and pain - because his government doesn't recognise the name and gender of transgender people like him.
A few days ago, the Portuguese Parliament approved a groundbreaking law that allows any transgender person older than 16 to identify with their actual name and gender, without medical or legal procedures.
The law could've changed Tiago's life, but it was vetoed by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The Portuguese Parliament has the power to overturn the veto, but we need 7 Members of Parliament that voted against the law to change their minds to reach the necessary majority of 116.
With just a couple of clicks, you can help overturn this veto and change the lives of so many transgender people in Portugal. Add your name today!
This campaign is being run in partnership with TransMissão: Associação Trans e Não-Binária and Transgender Europe.
Published: 19 May 2018