Lithuania's Justice Ministry has drafted a bill that would allow transgender individuals to have their gender, first and last names, and personal code changed in their identification documents without a court ruling.
Lithuanian passport
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Under the draft Law on Recognition of a Person's Gender Identity, persons diagnosed with transsexuality would be offered the right, regardless of whether they had undergone surgeries to change their sex.

Currently, people identifying with the opposite sex than their biological features of gender can only have their documents changed via court.

In 2007, Lithuania lost a case in the European Court of Human Rights over not having a law to regulate sex change procedures. The Council of Europe's Council of Ministers, which monitors the enforcement of the rulings of the Strasbourg court, has repeatedly urged Lithuania to bridge the legal gap.

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