As the commander of a Cold War submarine tracking the Soviets, John Jeanette’s dresses were stashed away in a locker reserved for top-secret documents. Soon, this former Norwegian navy captain will be recognised as a woman born in a man’s body. Under a proposed new bill hailed by activists as one of the most liberal in the world, people who want to change gender in Norway would no longer be required to undergo any physical transformation.

No more humiliating psychiatric exams, no lengthy hormone treatments and invasive surgeries resulting in irreversible sterilisations that have been the practice for a legal gender change in Norway since the 1970s. All you would have to do is notify authorities — a click on a website would suffice — to change your legal gender if the bill becomes law. READ MORE