Two transgender persons suffered violations of their article 8 right to privacy because of an obligation to physically establish the irreversible nature of the change in their appearance in order to vary their birth names and gender, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
The case concerned two transgender people in France who wanted to change the gender and name on their birth certificates but were not allowed to so do by the courts in France. The applicants argued that the authorities had infringed their right to respect for their private life by not allowing recognition of their sexual identity unless they underwent an operation that involved a high probability of sterility.
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