The struggle to be a transgender parent in Greece

Vanessa Veneti, a transgender woman, has a daughter from an earlier marriage. Because of her gender transition, she is now facing a legal battle to be able to see her child.

Dialekti Angeli
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Why this story matters:

Veneti is currently in a court dispute with her ex-wife because she has been actively prevented from seeing her daughter. She also states that her ex-wife is refusing to sign the divorce papers, which prevents her from changing her personal details since they are required by law.

Gay parents, transgender parents, LGBT+ families in general, are nowadays an increasingly visible reality that demands recognition, acceptance and equal rights. Rights to which they are entitled not only as precursors to a more open, liberal and inclusive society but also because they reflect the real needs of real people.

In Greece, the latest law 4491/2017 on the recognition of gender identity states that "if the person requesting the correction of his/her birth certificate has children, born either under marriage or not or under a cohabitation agreement or adopted, their rights and the obligations of this person towards the children are not altered or affected".

The law also states that: "there is no change in the birthrights of the children due to the change of the registered sex of the parent, who still appears in these documents with their former sex", something that has raised a lot of question from the transgender community, which considers it to be discriminative.

The first hearing for the custody of the child will take place in early March. Veneti declares that she will see this through to the Supreme Court, or to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary, until she is allowed to see her child.

Details from the story:

  • Veneti struggled for many years with her biological sex and her social gender.
  • She suffered from depression, to the point where she put her life at risk, something that her ex-wife used to keep her from seeing her daughter.
  • Veneti’s friends set up a benefit event in order to help her with her court struggle.
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