Uruguay passes law granting rights to trans people

Uruguay passes law granting rights to trans people
Activists celebrate during a session inside the Legislative Palace, the approval of the Integral law for Trans People that was voted by Uruguayan legislators in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (Matilde Campodonico)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's Congress has approved a law that guarantees rights to the South American country's transgender community.

Lawmakers in the lower house voted in favor of the measure late Thursday. It had already been approved by the Senate.

The law grants transgender people the right to get an operation that matches their sexual identity. It will be paid by the Uruguayan state along with hormone treatments.

The law also ensures a minimum number of transgender people are given public jobs in the next 15 years.

It mandates that 1 percent of government jobs be reserved and establishes a pension to compensate transgender people who were persecuted during Uruguay's 1973-1985 military dictatorship.

Activists celebrate outside the Legislative Palace the approval of the Integral law for Trans People that was voted by Uruguayan legislators in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Activists celebrate outside the Legislative Palace the approval of the Integral law for Trans People that was voted by Uruguayan legislators in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (AP)
Legislators vote for the Integral law for Trans People during a session in the Legislative Palace in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Legislators vote for the Integral law for Trans People during a session in the Legislative Palace in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (AP)
Activists celebrate inside the Legislative Palace when the Uruguayan legislators finally approved the Integral law for Trans People in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Activists celebrate inside the Legislative Palace when the Uruguayan legislators finally approved the Integral law for Trans People in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (AP)
Activists celebrate outside the Legislative Palace the approval of the Integral law for Trans People that was voted by Uruguayan legislators in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Activists celebrate outside the Legislative Palace the approval of the Integral law for Trans People that was voted by Uruguayan legislators in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (AP)
Activists dance to celebrate outside the Legislative Palace the approval of the Integral law for Trans People that was voted by Uruguayan legislators in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Activists dance to celebrate outside the Legislative Palace the approval of the Integral law for Trans People that was voted by Uruguayan legislators in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (AP)
Activists dance to celebrate outside the Legislative Palace the approval of the Integral law for Trans People that was voted by Uruguayan legislators in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Activists dance to celebrate outside the Legislative Palace the approval of the Integral law for Trans People that was voted by Uruguayan legislators in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (AP)
A legislators displays a bandana in support of the Integral law for Trans People during a session in which will be voted on in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The proposed law has already been approved in the Senate. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
A legislators displays a bandana in support of the Integral law for Trans People during a session in which will be voted on in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The proposed law has already been approved in the Senate. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (AP)
Activists listen to legislators during a session in which the Integral law for Trans People will be voted, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The proposed law project has already been approved in the Senate. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Activists listen to legislators during a session in which the Integral law for Trans People will be voted, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The proposed law project has already been approved in the Senate. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (AP)
Activists listen to legislators during a session in which the Integral law for Trans People will be voted, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The proposed law project has already been approved in the Senate. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Activists listen to legislators during a session in which the Integral law for Trans People will be voted, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The proposed law project has already been approved in the Senate. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) (AP)