As of January 1st, 2013, Sweden no longer requires that trans people be sterilized in order to transition. This follows a move by the the Stockholm administrative court, after the Forensic Legal Council for Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare did not appeal a victorious legal challenge to the requirement.
What follows was being composed and near posted, when this change was announced. Consequently, this article is out of date, but is being posted here to point out some of the distinctions that made this situation urgent — distinctions which media have often overlooked, and which were often eyebrow-raising of themselves (such as the ban on storing sperm or ova for in-vitro fertilization). It also provides context for what will likely follow, such as the seeking of compensation from those who’ve been sterilized under this policy (which mirrors a previous precedent). Additional discussion on the drive to end sterilization requirements can be found in TGEU’s Human Rights and Gender Identity Best Practice Catalogue, although the newest edition does not discuss Sweden specifically. Continue reading Archive: Swedish Government’s (Now-Ended) Sterilization Requirement for Trans People