(DW) – Scotland’s parliament passed on Thursday a controversial bill that lowers the age for recognizing transgender people from 18 to 16 and scraps a medical certification requirement.

The new bill would allow anyone aged 18 or older to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate without a medical certification if they have lived in their declared gender for three months, or six months if they are 16-18 years old. Previously, applicants had to have identified as said gender for two years minimum.

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The bill also gives applicants a three-month “reflection period” when they can reconsider their decision. The bill was passed by 86 votes, with 39 votes against it. Scotland is the first United Kingdom region to approve such a bill, which exists in countries such as Denmark, Argentina and Ireland.

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