Dear WPATH Members,

 A new report concerning legal gender recognition has been released from the Open Society Foundations (OSF). The complete PDF version of this report will be archived in the "News Room” section of the WPATH website for your reference.

The report, License to Be Yourself: Laws and advocacy for legal gender recognition of trans people documents some of the world’s most progressive and rights-based laws and policies that enable trans people to change their gender identity on official documents. It shares strategies that activists have successfully used in a variety of global and legal contexts, and features case studies from Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Ukraine, and the United States. It also acknowledges some of WPATH’s contributions to these legal and policy efforts.

This report is a resource for activists working on human rights issues for trans people, local communities examining best laws and policies, and policymakers seeking to uphold the rights of trans people. It was written by Jack Byrne (of New Zealand), and was based on extensive research and input from trans activists and allies from across the world.

The report is accompanied by a new video that in just under 2.5 minutes explains why legal gender recognition is an important human rights issue. OSF encourages its use to educate and engage decision-makers and new allies in the issue, urging viewers to share the video widely, offering the following language (and link) for your convenience:

 [WATCH] Imagine what it feels like to have your identity denied and the wrong one imposed on you:

 [WATCH] This surprising problem stands in the way of jobs, health care, traveling, voting and more:

 [WATCH] What if the government didn’t acknowledge who you were? For trans people, this is a daily reality:

 [WATCH] Trans people shouldn’t have to overcome this just to be recognized:

 [WATCH] You know yourself best. The government should listen:

Kudos to OSF, Jack Byrne, and the many contributors creating this report and video, and to all those who are working to ease the legal/policy struggles and suffering of trans people everywhere.


Jamison Green, PhD
WPATH President