Argentina widens rights for transsexual police

AP News
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 7:48 PM
Argentina widens rights for transsexual police

Argentina's Security Ministry is allowing transsexual members of federal police and security forces to be recognized under the gender that they've adopted.

The new ministry resolution also lets transsexuals wear the uniforms and use the facilities matching their adopted gender. The order affects members of the federal, naval and airport police and the gendarmerie.

Argentina has been at the forefront in widening gender rights.

It became the first Latin American country in 2010 to legalize same-sex marriage. The Chamber of Deputies approved a bill Wednesday allowing all transvestites and transsexuals to be recognized by the gender of their choice.