The Greek parliament passed a law on Tuesday to make it easier for people to change their legally recognized gender, a move that angered the Church but was welcomed as long-overdue by human rights groups. The law will allow people to change their gender on official documents with a court ruling, and without requiring medical tests or sterilization, as is the case now. It has been condemned as “immoral” by the Greek Orthodox Church and as a “monstrosity” by right-wing politicians. Until now, anyone

needing to officially change their gender had to be diagnosed with a “gender identity disorder” and have their reproductive organs removed, a practice condemned by human rights campaigners. “Absolutely no tradition, no perception of family calls for people to be sidelined or tossed aside into a social and institutional abyss,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who supported the law, told a heated discussion in parliament. READ MORE