Argentina's government has granted a six-year-old transgender girl an ID that corresponds with her gender identity.
Late last month, government officials granted Lulu, who was born biologically male but reportedly dressed and identified as a female since she could talk, a female identification card under the country's Gender Identity Law, according to the International Business Times.
As the Associated Press notes, it is the first case of a minor legally changing their sex on a government document since officials passed the legislation last year.
Passed in January 2012, Argentina's Gender Identity Law enables citizens to change their names and government-sanctioned sex on official documents without approval from a judge or doctor. With an awareness of how government documents designating one's assigned sex can function as a form of body policing and gatekeeping, Argentina remains the only country in the world to allow individuals to change one's sex without medical or legal approval.
Gender identity is understood as the internal and individual way in which gender is perceived by persons, that can correspond or not to the gender assigned at birth, including the personal experience of the body. This can involve modifying bodily appearance or functions through pharmacological, surgical or other means, provided it is freely chosen. It also includes other expressions of gender such as dress, ways of speaking and gestures.
"The government of the province of Buenos Aires has decided to provide a solution to this particular case raised by the family," Alberto Perez, Chief of Staff to the governor of Buenos Aires, is quoted by The Telegraph as saying.
Recently, children and minors who identify as transgender have gained further visibility within both political and social realms. Throughout the battle for the passage of California's Transgender Student Rights bill, the world became familiar with Ashton Lee, a 16-year-old transgender student who was at the forefront of advocacy efforts to institutionalize the bill as law.
Six-year-old Cory Mathis also brought rights for transgender students in public schools into a national dialogue when Colorado school officials refused to let her use the girl's bathroom. The court eventually ruled in her favor, with many citing the case as the first such ruling in the next frontier of civil rights.
Additionally, 12-year-old transgender Jazz contributed to changing perceptions surrounding gender identity in minors when she spoke with Barbara Walters about her gender identity, and later to HuffPost Live about her desire to become a mother.
In terms of Lulu's victory in Argentina, officials made the decision to grant her the proper identification after her mother, Gabriela, wrote to Daniel Scioli, the governor of Buenos Aires, as well as Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner, according to The Telegraph's report.
“By accepting that my son was not the son I gave birth to, but a girl," Gabriela told reporters. "I accepted her identity and put myself at her side."