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Mexico City promises free honeymoon to Argentina s first gay married couple 500x333 Argentinan Lawmakers Approve Gender Identity BillArgentina’s Senate approved a measure yesterday that allows transgender people to change the gender on their ID and receive health care for sex change operations.

The United States wasn’t the only country where queer advocates were celebrating on Wednesday. The Associated Press reports:

Adults who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy in Argentina will be able to get it as part of their public or private health care plans under a gender rights law approved Wednesday.

The measure also gives people the right to specify how their gender is listed at the civil registry when their physical characteristics don’t match how they see themselves…

Any adult will now be able to officially change his or her gender, image and birth name without having to get approval from doctors or judges — and without having to undergo physical changes beforehand, as many U.S. jurisdictions require…

When Argentines want to change their bodies, health care companies will have to provide them with surgery or hormone therapy on demand. Such treatments will be included in the “Obligatory Medical Plan,” which means both private and public providers will not be able to charge extra for the services.

“This law is going to enable many of us to have light, to come out of the darkness, to appear,” said Sen. Osvaldo Lopez of Tierra del Fuego, the only openly gay national lawmaker in Argentina.

The bill, which was backed by Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez, now goes to her desk to be signed. The AP notes that the equality-mined president “has often said how proud she is that Argentina became Latin America’s first nation to legalize gay marriage two years ago, enabling thousands of same-sex couples to wed and enjoy the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples.”

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