Court upholds sterilization rule for transgenders

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(CNN) Japan has upheld a law effectively requiring trans people seeking to legally change their gender to be sterilized.

Takakito Usui, a transgender man who wants to change the gender listed on his official documents, had appealed to the court seeking to overturn Law 111, which requires applicants to “permanently lack functioning” reproductive parts to qualify for gender affirmation.

The Supreme Court unanimously rejected Usui’s case Thursday, ruling the 2003 law constitutional — though judges added it was invasive and encouraged the legislature to review it.

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