NELFA press release 27 September 2017


A judgement behind the times! NELFA strongly denounces the clear discrimination of trans* families.
The Network of European LGBTIQ* Families Associations, NELFA, criticizes the recent decision of the Federal Court of Justice in Germany (BGH). Therefore, a trans* man who gave birth to a child remains a mother in the legal sense – even if he is already legally recognised as man. The BGH states that motherhood and fatherhood were not “arbitrarily exchangeable”. The parentage of children should be traced to their biological procreation.
The obligation for trans* people to undergo sterilisation for legal gender recognition was forbidden in Germany by the Constitutional Court in 2011, thus there are more and more trans men and women having their own children.
NELFA Board member Caroline Ausserer says, “In the last six years the legislator has failed to change the corresponding law. The so-called ‘Transsexuellengesetz’ must be abolished. The legal allocation of parents to their children should be genderneutral. Legal men can bear children and legal women can beget children. This is wonderful existing family diversity and the families deserve protection like any other family.
NELFA’s President, Dominique Boren, adds, “This is a judgement behind the times. The Federal Court of Justice ignores the everyday reality of children in trans* families. In their birth certificates the father still appears as mother with his outdated female name. Far-reaching discriminations are the result. This can’t be in the best interest of the child.
About NELFA:
NELFA is the European platform of LGBTIQ* families associations, bringing together LGBTIQ* parents and parents-to-be from all over Europe. NELFA currently represents 24 organisations in 15 European countries with more than 20,000 members. NELFA is a member of ILGA-Europe, Transgender Europe and COFACE Families Europe. Website: Leaflet: Newsletter:
Further contacts:
Dominique Boren (NELFA President): +33 630 49 66 62
Giuseppina La Delfa (Vice-President): +39 393 39 63 733



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