I have the body of a boy, but feel like I’m really a girl. I want to change my name and look like a girl. What should I do?
If you feel like your body doesn’t match the gender you identify with, you need to take those feelings seriously. You can get help and support to decide what to do by contacting a youth guidance centre (called ungdomsmottagning in Swedish) or a healthcare centre. If you’re still in school, you can contact the student health centre (called elevhälsan in Swedish).
You can change your first name if you are registered in the Swedish Population Register. You do this by sending a name change application to the Swedish Tax Agency. You can switch to a girl’s name even if you still have a boy’s body. If you are younger than 18, your legal guardian has to approve. But, if you are 18 or older, you don’t need anyone else’s approval to change your name. Here is more information on what to do.
There are several things you can do to look more like a girl. For example, you can change the clothes you wear, put on make-up or wear your hair like most other girls.
Some people want to change their body so it better matches how they feel. There are different body modification treatments. You usually need to be at least 18 years old to have this kind of treatment. You will also need to undergo an assessment to find out if you can have this treatment.
There are special assessment teams around Sweden who perform these assessments. A youth guidance centre or healthcare centre can help you arrange a meeting with an assessment team.
If you are an asylum seeker or an undocumented immigrant, you have the right to meet a care provider like a psychologist, doctor or nurse to talk about your situation. But you must be registered in the Swedish Population Register and have a residence permit here in order to undergo an assessment.
If you have already started treatment, such as hormone therapy, in a different country, you have the right to continue with this treatment. In such case, you can contact one of the assessment teams and ask how to get help. Here is a list of assessment teams.