November 27, 2018 at 8:44 pm PST | by Michael K. Lavers
Chile transgender rights bill signed into law
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Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Nov. 28, 2018, signed a transgender rights bill into law. (Los Angeles Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Wednesday signed into law a bill that allows transgender people over 14 to legally change their name and gender without surgery.

The bill received final approval in Chile’s congress in September.

A trans rights bill had been before lawmakers in the South American country since 2013. It received renewed attention earlier this year after “A Fantastic Woman,” a Chilean film that stars trans actress Daniela Vega, won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

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