OTD Chile supports parliamentary initiative to protect the integrity of transgender children

Nada que corregir is the parliamentary initiative of deputies Natalia Castillo and Pamela Jiles that seeks to protect LGBTIQ children within their families. The bill includes modifications to the law on domestic violence and the anti-discrimination law.

The objective of the project is to regulate and sanction acts carried out in families or educational centres aimed at modifying the sexual orientation or gender identity of children, according to a communiqué issued by the women parliamentarians of the Frente Amplio. “We must work to ensure that all children and adolescents grow up in a safe environment that respects and values who they are, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Natalia Castillo.

The bill has the support of deputies Andrés Longton, Camila Vallejo, Maite Orsini, Karol Cariola, Raúl Soto, Luis Rocafull, Erika Olivera and Pepe Auth.

Franco Fuica, OTD Chile’s legislation and public policy coordinator, said this initiative is fundamental in the context of the lack of protection for transgender children. “The Gender Identity Act left no procedure for changing the name and sex of children under 14 years of age, However, the right to express and live their identity is protected, beyond the process of changing their name and sex that they cannot access. This project is framed in something very concrete and fundamental that is the right to live without violence. We are available to raise awareness and support this project, we know about the issue and we know that it is essential to advance in the protection of children, an issue that should be a priority in the country.”

Translated by: Camila Mella

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