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Israel allows sex changes for 18-year-olds

(JTA) — Israel lowered the minimum age to be approved for a sex change from 21 to 18.

The new regulations mandate that sex-change candidates live a minimum of only one year with their new gender identity rather than two, as the previous policy stated, according to Haaretz. The regulations also change the makeup of the committee that approves requests to include a psychologist, endocrinologist, gynecologist, urologist and representative of the transgender community.

Israel’s Health Ministry subsidizes sex changes as part of the country’s universal health care system. Patients must travel outside Israel for treatment, however, due to a lack of expertise in the country. The last sex change operation in Israel took place in 2012.

Protests by the transgender community on the regulations spurred the change, Haaretz reported.

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