Today trans people in Argentina can start changing their IDs through a simple and free administrative procedure!
Argentina: Desde el lunes rige la Ley de Identidad de Genero
The article the link leads to is in Spanish. It’s about the new Gender Identity Law in Argentina. I’ve translated the full text of the article to the best of my ability (mouse over my translation to see the original text as well):
The procedure to change genders on one’s ID card can be done starting June 4th throughout the country, when the Gender Identity Law goes into effect. In Córdoba, it can be done starting today [May 31st].
The Gender Identity Law was formalized and published last Thursday in the official bulletin with the signatures of President Cristina Fernández, the chief of the Cabinet Juan Manuel Abal Medina, and the Minister of the Interior Florencio Randazzo. Through this law, all people are granted the right to change their documentation to reflect the gender, image, and given name they wish, without having to resort to going to court.
Neither will it be asked of one to have completed genital reconstruction surgery.
The president of the Argentinian LGBT Federation (FAlGBT), Esteban Paulón, said “Outside of the dispositions of each registry office, after Monday June 4th, any person, throughout the whole country, may exercise their right to change their gender, name and photo.”
The procedure, which may take from 10 days to 2 months depending on the individual registry office, consists of submitting a request form for the recognition of identity and a certified copy of the [birth?] certificate and of the ID.
After that first filing, the Registry Office will provide for the safekeeping of the birth certificate to generate a new one which would pertain to an internal resolution of each registry office where the act will be recorded, but kept confidential, as the law establishes.
This implies that “save a court order or legitimate reason, the data that were removed will be publicly inaccessible; meanwhile, the documents issued by the Registry Office will only contain the new data, which will give equality to the person who exercises the right of gender identity referred to in the law, explained the head of the FALGBT.
There is a demand that has accumulated that will make itself known for the first time in the Registry Offices of the whole country,” estimated Paulón, who recalled that “as soon as the law had passed there was a notable increase in inquiries to our organization on two topics: documentation and health,” said Paulón.
Apart from the change of data in birth certificates and IDs, the head of the FLGBT clarified that another process would begin the more extensive emendation of school records, social security, health and economic issues, among others, that would require administrative mechanisms to fit this new situation.