Owl Fisher
Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir, who is also known as Owl Fisher, helped to draft a new gender identity law that was unanimously passed by British Parliament. A prominent transgender rights activist, he identifies as non-binary. (Courtesy: UglaStefania / Twitter)

Reykjavík, IS – On Wednesday, June 18, Iceland’s Parliament voted unanimously in favor of a landmark gender identity law that has the stated goal of expanding the rights of individuals who identify as transgender or non-binary.

Under the new law, any person who is native-born or an immigrant to Iceland, including children under age 18, is eligible to change name and sex on legal documents, at will and without a diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

Individuals who identify as non-binary or a third-gender will have the option of listing their sex as “X” on the National Registry.

In addition, the informed consent model will make the process of obtaining gender-affirming cosmetic surgery and hormone pills quick and easy. Under the model, the individual is assumed to be the only one who knows his or her true sex, and a medical professional is simply there to facilitate any process that the individual chooses to go through in order to affirm this closely held faith in true identity.

Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir, a male transgender activist who identifies as non-binary and also uses the name Owl Fisher, assisted in drafting the bill. “There have been questions raised about the potential consequences of the law for women’s shelters, prisons, sports and recreational activities such as swimming (much like in the UK),” Mr Fisher said, noting that the bill’s advocates were able to mitigate these concerns during the talks.

The bill passed with 45 yes votes, and no Parliamentary opposition. Three members of Parliament, all from the Centre Party, abstained from voting, and there were 15 absentees.

The bill, which was proposed to Parliament by the Prime Minister’s office, received support from such organizations as Amnesty International and the Women’s Rights Organisation of Iceland.

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  1. Did anyone ask women if they want these changes? How does it change criminal records, insurance records, and how open is it to fraud and health issues? Who gets invites to mammography> Who can do intimate searches in airports and in doctors’ surgeries? Did trans activists bully their way into this fantasy law, and did all the abstainers and absentees just opt out because of fear of the activists reporting them for hate speech and getting them sacked from their jobs? Thank goodness in Britain, at least women’s groups are getting some attention, even if the majority of lawmakers and the politically active have jumped thoughtlessly onto the bandwagon. My MP has jumped off, but how can she outshout the male “sisters” and the very rich pressure groups, and thee-bodied invaders and adventurists?

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