The Parliament of the tiny island republic of Malta has adopted a law that must be the most insane piece of legislation ever to have been enacted in that country: a “Gender Identity, Gender Expression And Sex Characteristics Act” that entitles everybody to have his or her sex re-defined on the basis of merely subjective sentiments.
Apparently law makers have been deluded into believing that adopting such legislation is a requirement under the European Convention of Human Rights. In actual fact, the Convention does not contain such a requirement.
The new law introduces into the legal order the concept of “gender identity”, which is defined as “each person’s internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth, including the personal sense of the body (which may involve, if freely chosen, modification of bodily appearance and, or functions by medical, surgical or other means) and other expressions of gender, including name, dress, speech and mannerisms”. This definition, besides taking a diametrically opposite position from the traditionally held one based on biology, is based on mere subjectivity rather than on verifiable facts. This inevitably results in a wide arbitrariness in the application of the law, leading to endless possibilities for abuses.