Argentina Makes Sex-Change Surgery a Legal Right
By MICHAEL WARREN Associated Press
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina May 10, 2012 (AP)http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/argentina-approves-transgender-rights-id-sex-change-operations-16316045
Adults who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy in Argentina will be able to get it as part of their public or private health care plans under a gender rights law approved Wednesday.
Senators approved the Gender Identity law by a vote of 55 to zero with one abstention and more than a dozen senators declaring themselves absent — the same margin that approved a "death with dignity" law earlier in the day.
Argentina became Latin America's first nation to legalize gay marriage two years ago, enabling thousands of same-sex couples to marry and enjoy the same legal rights that apply to married heterosexual couples. For many, this gender rights law was the next step.