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Greece Grants Gay Marriages, Japan Awards Gender Rights

With a Greek mayor who presided over outlawed gay marriages yesterday saying, "The laws on marriage simply do not specify any genders. To me, therefore, if something is not banned by law it is not illegal," now facing jail time for his actions, Japan's government is actually moving toward broader gender ideas.

Japan’s House of Councillors (like the US Senate) has unanimously passed legislation which will allow people with gender identity disorder to officially change their sex, giving Gender Identity Disordered (GID) people the ability to change the way the world perceives them — on paper. To see how,


Gender identity disordered people (someone who sees themselves as having a different psychological make-up than their biological sexual orientation) must agree to live as the opposite sex physically and socially to take advantage of the law. The bill states that this condition must be confirmed by two separate doctors, the applicants must also be over 20 years of age, have no children, be unmarried and have non-functioning reproductive organs due to sex-change surgery.

If this law passes their House of Representatives those with GID will have less difficulty finding employment, voting and traveling as their appearances are obviously not in accordance with official documentation.

Are ideas on a strict gender binary, softening worldwide? Will the difference between male and female someday be seen as a sliding scale? Are rights a step in the right direction?


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Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
Whoo hoo for Japan!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Rac, I thought she turned out to be an alien being who had the hots for James Spader?
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
wow rac thats heartbreaking, hows therapy working out for you?
stephley stephley 9 years
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
When I was with the British Military in Ireland, I fell in love with a beautiful IRA suspect. It was dangerous, but I didn't care because she was so beautiful. Then, one day, we decided to make love and I realized she was a man ... I was never the same again. :coffee:
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
soo were they not allowed to have sex changes before? i had no idea
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
OleO OOO OleO OOO OleO OOO....We're taking over the world. Hahaha!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
so with the new ruling in Japan, what does that really mean for people? there are always stories in the US about how insurance companies won't identify with this...and they won't cover surgeries...does this new ruling mean that in Japan - people could be covered? (yes i know that health care over there is different than in the U.s.)
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