Long waiting lists for legal gender change
In Denmark, there has been a huge increase in applications for legal gender marker changes in recent years.
Only a few years ago, Danish authorities received ten such applications per year. Today, this figure has topped 200.
This has resulted in waiting lists of up to a year, according to Danish national broadcaster DR.
Once an application has been approved, applicants must wait another two years before a sex change operation can take place.
Danish left-wing parties are calling for extra funding to shorten these waiting lists, while right-wing party DF labels this surge in legal gender change applications as a ‘fad’.
The Faroese Parliament will be debating this issue today.
A formal gender recognition certificate enables a person to receive a civil registration number and choose a name corresponding to their identified gender.
It also entitles the holder to receive a new passport and a new driver's licence.
Legal gender marker change was approved in Denmark in 2014. Since then, 918 people have applied for legal gender change, of which 692 were approved.
Translated by prosa.fo