Protests Amid Mexico City Legalizing Child Gender Change


Mexico City recently proposed a controversial change in its law that would allow children and adolescents to change their gender on their birth certificate, as long as they were accompanied by one parent or guardian. Currently, in Mexico City, only adults are allowed to make this change.

While some might consider this a progressive move towards LGBTQ rights by the Mexico City government, others are not happy with this proposed law and physically showing their disapproval. Among the biggest opposers of the change in the law is a coalition of anti-abortion and similar groups who protested outside the city council building on Tuesday, November 19th. They were seen holding signs that said, “No to The Trans Law,” and “Don’t Confuse Children.” The protestors had big numbers as was represented by a couple of hundred people showing up. Their biggest argument against the change in the current law is that they believe children cannot be expected to make such a decision.

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Some of the other common arguments against letting kids decide to change their gender at an early age, include that children aren't old enough to really decide their gender identity. Children don't have their cognitive capabilities maturely formed, and they are not well-defined enough to make such a transformative decision. Proponents of this type of legislation argue that not allowing them to make the transition could lead to self-esteem issues and a weak sense of self-identity.

Two men holding their daughter on their shoulder take part in a demonstration for the legalisation of gay marriage and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) parenting, in Paris on December 16, 2012 . AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

These proposed legal changes were approved by the city council commissions last week, but the bill still must be approved by the full council. Voting in favor of this law was the Morena Party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which holds a majority in the city. This alludes to the assumption that the bill may have a good chance of passing in the full council. While it is uncertain if the bill is passed, the protesters are doing everything in their power to make their voices heard.

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