Monday, November 28

The PSOE will not modify gender self-determination in its amendments to the trans law

The leadership of the PSOE and the Government are working these days at the highest level on the details of the amendments that will be presented to what is known as the ‘trans law’. As this newspaper has been able to confirm, the Socialists will not propose in any of these amendments that the right to gender self-determination be modified, one of the points that had sparked criticism from part of the PSOE itself and the feminist movement.

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As stated in the text that was approved by the Council of Ministers, therefore, from the age of 16 any trans person will be able to change the registration mention of sex in the registry without the need, as until now, to undergo therapy treatments. As of the approval of the law, the process will consist of going to the registry, making the request and in a maximum period of 4 months it will have to be resolved.

The parliamentary amendments of the PSOE will be focused mainly on article 65 of the draft, specifically the one that mentions the application of the law of gender violence, since the greatest concern in the socialist ranks has to do with the comparison of other forms of violence with the gender violence.

The PSOE has accelerated in recent days the internal negotiation of the amendments that it is going to present in the face of pressure from the Ministry of Equality and the deep wound that it is causing Pedro Sánchez in the party. The division puts pressure on Sánchez in two directions: on the one hand, the supporters of the trans law, who advocated carrying it out as it is and who have won the game against an important sector of feminism from the party itself, which rejects self-determination of genre.

The entrenchment by the trans law is the deepest that Sánchez has gone through since he regained the general secretariat of the PSOE in 2017 and has reached such a point that there are cross complaints before the Ethics and Guarantees Commission for the positions of different leaders, including Carmen Calvo and the Secretary of LGTBI Policies, Víctor Gutiérrez, regarding this matter.

In previous works on the law, the possibility of introducing elements as witnesses for the registration change of sex was raised, which was finally discarded. In the socialist dome, things related to minors also screeched. But it will remain in the same terms, according to the conversations that those responsible for the parliamentary group have had with Moncloa for now. In this way, for those under 16 years of age and up to 14 years of age, parental consent will be necessary, for those under 14 years of age and up to 12, the change may be initiated with a voluntary jurisdiction process that will be undertaken by parents or guardians. legal.

The idea now is that these amendments be finalized soon and that an agreement be closed as soon as possible between the parliamentary groups and the coalition partners of the Executive, thus unblocking the parliamentary procedures for the approval of the law that, in this way, could see the green light before the end of the year, as they wanted in United We Can and the Ministry of Equality.