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A form of change

Norwegian citizens, including children, can now change their gender by filling out a form

Norway allows children as young as 6 to legally change their gender

This segment originally aired Dec. 21, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.


Until this summer, Norway was one of 19 European countries that required transgender individuals to undergo surgery and sterilization before they could legally change their gender. Now, all people — including children as young as 6 — need to do is sign a form, thanks to legislation passed in June.

Anna, born Adrian, had always known she was a girl. “I didn’t want to go to school sometimes because I didn’t want to go with ‘boy clothing,'” she said. “But now, no one is saying to me, ‘Why are you a girl?'”

Argentina and Malta are the only other countries that allow minors to transition, but they require them to go to court first.

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