Botswana Court directs the National Registrar to change the identity from female to male to reflect applicant’s chosen gender identity.

The Lobatse High Court passed a ruling in a case against the Registrar of National Registration for the refusal to change a gender marker on a man’s official documentation. The judge declared that the refusal held no ground and violated the individual’s right to expression, legal protection, dignity, and freedom from discrimination. As such, it was ruled that the gender identity marking on the man’s official documentation be changed immediately from female to male to reflect his personal expression. The judge held that the failure of the state to formally recognize the man’s gender identity is a denial of his fundamental right to protection and respect by the state and has caused significant trauma.