Uruguay Adopted Trans-Inclusive Legislation Based on the Right to Self-Determination

On October 19th, Uruguay’s Congress approved a law ensuring rights to the country’s transgender community. The law had already been approved by the Senate and was voted in favor of by the lower house.

The law gives trans individuals the right to realize gender-affirming surgery so that their gender identity matches their sexual identity. This, along with hormone treatments, will be paid for by the Uruguayan government.

In addition to this, the newly-passed law guarantees that trans people will be given public jobs in the next 15 years, with 1 percent of government jobs reserved for trans people.

Furthermore, the law establishes a pension to compensate the trans individuals that were persecuted during Uruguay’s military dictatorship from 1973 to 1985.

Source: AP News