Six-year-old becomes first transgender child in Argentina to change identity
A six-year-old girl, who was born a boy, has become the first transgender child in Argentina to have her new name officially changed on her identity documents.
Lulu, a six-year-old Argentine child who was listed as a boy at birth, has been granted new identification papers by the Buenos Aires provincial government listing her as a girl. Photo: REUTERS
By Donna Bowater, Rio de Janeiro
12:45PM BST 27 Sep 2013
Luana, known as Lulu, is believed to be the youngest to benefit from the countryís new Gender Identity Law, which was approved in May 2012.
The act enshrines the right to be identified by name and sex as defined by the individual.
As a result, the governor of Buenos Aires, Daniel Scioli, approved Luluís application to change her name from Manuel on her DNI, the Argentinian identity card, and birth certificate.
"The government of the province of Buenos Aires has decided to provide a solution to this particular case raised by the family," Alberto Perez, chief of staff, said, according to La Nacion.
The decision was made after Luluís mother, Gabriela, wrote to Mr Scioli as well as Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner. She said her daughter identified herself as a girl as soon as she started talking.