Last week an Argentinian six year old girl became the youngest person in the world to legitimately change her gender. Luana was originally a boy called Manuel, but according to her mother Gabriela, the child always associated herself as a girl ever since she was born and she insisted on being called Luana when she was only four years old.
Due to the adoption of gender recognition laws in Argentina last year, Luana was able to legally change her gender with a simple administrative procedure without specific requirements or restrictions. The only requirement of the gender change is informed consent and the procedure also includes necessary hormonal and surgical treatments provided by the public health system.
According to the Telegraph, Luana’s request to change gender identity was denied last year because of her young age. However, the country’s gender identity law states that individuals are legally entitled to “the free development of their person according to their gender identity” and they should be “treated according to their gender identity and, particularly, to be identified in that way in the documents proving their identity in terms of the first name/s, image and sex recorded there”. There is no age limit under the law, therefore Luana was approved for legitimate gender change after Luana’s mother wrote to Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli and Argentina President Cristina Kirchner explaining her child's situation.
At the moment pro-family associations and churches in Argentina have not expressed any reaction or concern regarding the issue, but the Argentine Homosexual Community claims this is a “historical” case in the LGBT community and they are proud of Luana’s determination and perseverance in changing her gender.