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In a significant move forward for trans rights in Monaco, a court has ruled that a citizen can modify their gender, first name and marital status on official documentation.

Commenting on the 4 July decision, the applicant’s lawyer, Patrice Spinosi, commented: “We approached the Monegasque court on the basis of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

“While France and most European countries have implemented legislation allowing a transgender person to change marital status, the Principality of Monaco had no provision of this nature yet”

A spokesperson for the council added, “It is a happy decision, all the more remarkable in a traditionally conservative country where Catholicism is the state religion.”

The individual, who wishes to remain anonymous stated, “My country does not turn its back on me.” 

This historic and unprecedented request had been made by a person who was signed female at birth in 2000 but who, from the age of 4, realised he was a male.  He began the process of transition in 2020.

The applicant, who holds dual Monegasque/French nationality, has already been able to modify his marital status with the French courts.

The LGBTQ+ community in Monaco has been able to celebrate several firsts in the past few years, with the principality having celebrated its first Pride event on 1 June this year.

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