The European Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH) and the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) have written a joint letter to the President of the Hungarian Republic, to express our serious concerns regarding the proposed amendments in the draft omnibus Bill that was announced on March 31st 2020 and that simultaneously will amend many laws and provisions in Hungary. Our worries concern especially one of the amendments that relates to legal gender recognition for trans people – proposing to replace “sex” with “sex assigned at birth” in the national registry and on identity documents, as cited in Article 33 of the omnibus Bill.

EPATH and ESSM call upon the Hungarian Parliament to:

  • legally recognise a person’s gender identity and once declared to the registry, base rights or obligations on this registered gender of a person
  • reject all attempts to ban Legal Gender Recognition
  • amend the law to provide quick, transparent and accessible procedures for the change of name and gender on official documents that effectively guarantee full legal recognition for trans people in all areas of life.

Read the full letter here: Joint statement from EPATH & ESSM (PDF).