Hämäläinen v. Finland (European Court of Human Rights)


Heli Hämäläinen, who came out as transgender during her marriage, lost her lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights that she should be allowed to be legally recognized as a female without changing her marital status. Because of Finland’s prohibition on same-sex marriage, Heli, 49, is not able to obtain legal recognition of her sex unless she converts her 18-year marriage into a civil partnership.

She has already had to undergo a psychiatric assessment and sterilization as part of the Finland’s legal requirements for “gender recognition.”

Grand Chamber judgment Hamalainen v. Finland Transsexuals official recognition of new gender.

Hämäläinen v. Finland


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