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Sex Change Is Human Right in Brazil and Can Be Made for Free

Surgery Sex-change operations can now be made for free in Brazil, courtesy of the Brazilian federal government SUS (Unified Health System). The decision that these operations should be done for free was taken a year ago by a Federal judge. The government never appealed the decision despite protests by religious groups.

The decree regulating such surgeries was published this Tuesday, August 19, in the Diário Oficial (Federal Daily Gazette) and recognizes sex change as a "right," as defined in 2007 by the court ruling. The measure formalized today had already been announced in June by the Health minister, José Gomes Temporão.

To be eligible to the operation the person should be older than 21 and will have to undergo two years of psychological evaluation, which will be done by state and municipal health departments. Due to these requirements none of these free sex-change operation should happen before 2010.

These sex-change surgeries. says Brazil's Health Ministry, are not experimental anymore and they have the seal of approval of the Brazilian CFM (Conselho Federal de Medicina – Federal Medical Board).

The Health Ministry believes that 1 in every 10,000 Brazilians will be seeking the operation now that it has become free. About 300 sex change operations occurred in Brazil last year, according to the CFM, but all of them in private clinics, which charge in average 4,000 Brazilian reais (US$ 2,439) for the procedure.

The Diário Oficial text talks about the right people have of getting a humanized assistance free from any discrimination due to their sexual orientation.

"The sexual orientation and the gender identity are factors identified by the Health Ministry," says the document signed by minister Temporão, "as determining and conditioning the health situation, not only for involving specific sexual and social practices, but also for exposing the GLBT (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual, Transvestites and Transsexuals) population to harm due to the stigma, to discriminatory and exclusionary procedures that violate their human rights, among them the rights to health, dignity, non discrimination."

The text also makes de defense of a transexualist way of life:  "Considering that transexualism means a desire to live and to be accepted in the condition of being a person of the opposite sex, which  generally comes together with a discomfort or a feeling of inadequacy towards his own anatomical sex, these situations should be approached taking into consideration the wholeness of the health care advocated and to be provided by the SUS."


  • Show Comments (17)

  • dnbaiacu

    That’s exactly what I want to know…
    The FIRST thing that came to my mind
    [quote]so it is a right to change sex but women cant choose to have an
    aboution or have there tubs tied [/quote]
    Can some PLEASE explain the logic. Abortion is illegal Yet you have the “right” to change your sex?
    Good grief!

  • sweet girl

    help please
    i really wanne do the sex change surgery in brasil
    can anyone tell me any good websites with prices on it ???
    and all the information i need about good sex change clinics in brasil ???
    cauz i am looking on the internet but i cant find any good websites of clinics in brasil

    so if u have any helpful information ,
    please let me know

  • Simpleton

    What? There’s not enough children on your block to help you count things out on their fingers and toes in base 12?

  • Ric

    I would but I lost my abacus.


    Disturbing subject / Dilemma for the human conscience
    Since I am likely to be considered one of the most liberal persons anyone may be acquainted with (that is, IÀ¢€™m liberal in topics related to personal choices) and while I would always refrain from criticizing nearly any act (wherever À¢€œfree-willÀ¢€Â is involved), I must concede that this particular “procedure” is beyond disturbing… I simply cannot begin to contemplate why anyone would elect to undergo the pain along financial, psychological & social costs implied, simply to satisfy momentary expressions of the ego, and undergo so final a mutilation and turn into the perpetual subject of humiliation, ridicule and resentment by most other individuals of the overwhelming majority of societies on this planet! On the other hand, I feel sorrow and empathy for those unfortunate individuals who feel so strongly inclined to take such a drastic, incomparable step!

    Yet, in the end, I must always find the strength and common sense to remember and remind others that everyone should be entitled to freedom of choice in all personal matters, provided oneˢ۪s election does not directly impact (or affect) anybody else!

    My sole objection to the issue rests in the contradictory actions by the Brazilian government, as correctly outlined by Joao: the hypocrisy of forbidding abortion while permitting other, far more radical, steps… Go figure!

  • ….

    …Holly came from miami f.l.a.
    Hitch-hiked her way across the u.s.a.

    Plucked her eyebrows on the way
    Shaved her leg and then he was a she
    She says, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
    Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side

    ….Lou Reed circa 1972

  • Ric

    Sex Change
    Dr. SUS strikes again. Do the sex changes and continue to let the hairlips and clubfoots remain unoperated. O fonfon ti agradece, Dr. SUS.

  • Ric

    So Anyway,
    Costa, how did you feel the first time one of your clients found out you were not really a girl and got mad? Did he pay you anyway? Beat you around?

    I feel so sorry for you. But keep babbling, they say itÀ‚´s therapeutic.

  • Simpleton

    me nao, costa / choraona – sua viacao cheia (o VIADOs so?)

  • Simpleton

    meu amor
    have you ever watched a stripper pair do thier thing at a bachelor’ party.? Don’t knock that frozen popsicle thing (buy two or three boxes!!) and the lesbo act is educational as well – shows you how to make a woman really happy. Opps, forgot, you didn’t make it past “superior” so what having a bonnerfied bachlelor’s degree is is far far beyond you.

  • Simpleton, I didn’t expect that from you, VIADO!
    You are a disgrace… Why Do You Make C.o.c.k.-Shaped Popsicles Out Of Frozen Semen?


  • Ricky – This is your chance of a lifetime!
    What you always wanted… Now you and Florist A$$ Brown can have some cheap fudge fun… Severino (Shelly’s gay hubby) will be the monitor!

    Who is going to be the predominant one?


  • João da Silva

    [quote]That’s exactly what I want to know…[/quote]

    You are not going to get an answer. May be TemperÀƒ£o would not hesitate to answer to your questions , in a very democratic way (of course) 😉

  • Simpleton

    tyeing of the tubes was not done. Generally after about the third child (from nearly as many fathers) the uterus was conveniently found to have some issue and was removed (for which the woman was not all that unhappy). Sure cut down on french, italian, german and other gringo illicit imporation. Of course that was relatively long ago. Don’t know what the cure is these days. Maybe Brasil is on to something here. If there is a sufficiently large increase in the costinhas with extra orifices to be pegged maybe that’s the cutting edge advantage.

  • CT

    Only in Brazil, the country of uncommon sense/unlogic/total dysfuntion.

  • forrest allen brown

    so much for the macho brazilian man
    I think costa will do it first of all
    that way heshe will have a reason to always bitch

    women like a deck of cards
    a hart to love them a
    dimond to marry them a
    club to knock there bitch ass in the head and
    a spade to plant them .

    so it is a right to change sex but women cant choose to have an
    aboution or have there tubs tied

  • Macunaima

    An opportunity…
    Maybe now Bo will finally break down and avail himself of this option.

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