Forced sterilization is a prerequisite to getting one’s gender legally changed in some countries. This poses a huge problem. What ever happened to freedom of expression? If a transgender person wants his/her country to legally recognize the gender they desire to express, without getting a medical procedure, why should the government say other wise? According to a Human Rights Watch article, Sweden is one of those countries (and so is the Netherlands). Currently, in Sweden, a transgender person cannot legally change his/her gender without undergoing a medical procedure, and producing a document that proves they cannot procreate. This is a huge human rights violation in so many regards. First off, those who want to procreate- transgender, or not- should have the right to do so. What if the transgendered individual does not want to have the medical procedure done because he/she hopes that one day he/she can start a family? Who has the right to say that is not possible if you wish to be legally recognized as your preferred gender? No one. Second, what does a legal procedure have to do with a medical one? Last time I checked, those two are not linked. Third, is the government trying to add difficulties to an already tough experience? It should be the governments obligation to help its citizens in this process. Many transgendered individuals face ridicule from their family, friends and strangers because they cannot understand what the transgendered individual is experiencing/thinking. Why should the government add to this? By simply legally changing their gender on passports, drivers licenses etc. the government would ease the perplex look many people get when they see a transgender person (which is another issue I have a problem with, but that is for a different time). The government would be saving a transgender individual from awkward looks and questions when a person has to ask why their drivers license/ passport etc says that he/she is a man/woman but they look like the opposite gender.
People need to accept transgender individuals for who they are: humans, and not make it a difficult process for them to be identified as who they are.
Being transgendered is a normal aspect of life, and they should have the same amount of respect because at the end of the day, they are no different than you or I.