Luxuria takes up Transsex Rights

Transgender MP calls for Gender Recognition Act (ANSA) – Rome, November 7 – Europe’s first transgender MP vowed on Tuesday to fight for a law giving Italian transsexuals the right to legally change their recorded gender .

Vladimir Luxuria, an MP with Premier Romano Prodi’s centre-left governing coalition, said in a magazine interview that she would lobby for legislation along the lines of Britain’s Gender Recognition Act .

“If a Mario decides to become a Maria, then he should be free to do so and every reference to his original gender must automatically disappear from his documents,” the 41-year-old former drag queen told women’s weekly Grazia.

The Gender Recognition Act, passed by Britain in 2004, gives legal recognition to transsexuals, allowing them to change the gender on their birth certificates and marry and claim pensions in their acquired sex .