First transsexual in Madrid to request change in identity – AFP

Madrid: A Spanish activist campaigning for transsexual rights said she had become the first person in the Spanish capital to request a legal change of name and sex under new laws passed last month.

Under the new law Carla Antonelli, who was born a man, can request a change to her name and sex on official documents without having to undergo a sex change operation.

On her website, Antonelli said she had ‘the honour’ to be the first to formally request a change of status in Madrid where she has lived for the last 25 years.

To qualify for the change Antonelli will have to show that she has been following medically-supervised hormonal treatments for at least two years to prepare her for taking on the characteristics of her new sexual identity.