On Tuesday, the Chilean Senate moved to fast track a bill that will allow transgender people to legally change their name and sex designation without gender reassignment surgery.
The Organization of Transsexuals for the Dignity of Diversity said senators must release a draft of the measure within 15 days. It will then go before the lower house of the Chilean Congress if there are no objections.
The Chilean Senate in January approved the bill by a 29-0 vote margin.
President Michelle Bachelet, who took office last month, included the trans rights bill in her campaign platform.
“The government is looking to quickly fill legal loopholes and conform to international agreements that will make Chile a more respectful country in regards of the rights of all people. [Chile will become a more] open and inclusive [country] that allows the full integration of a broad community of trans people and their families into society.” — Organization of Transsexuals for the Dignity of Diversity