Finland: Change the law and support transgender rights activists.

Sakris Kupila has never identified as a woman. Yet the 21-year-old medical student must endure daily embarrassment because his identity documents say he is female.

Sakris was a teenager when he realised that the gender he was given at birth didn’t express who he is. He chose a new name – which is considered male – but under Finnish law people are not allowed names of another gender. Sakris had to be diagnosed with a “mental disorder” to keep his name.

This was Sakris’ first step towards legal recognition of who he is. But to have your gender reassigned in Finland, you must be diagnosed with a “mental disorder” and sterilised. Such requirements are a stain on Finland’s reputation for openness and tolerance.

For Sakris, the choice is clear. He opposes this humiliating treatment and is demanding a change to the law. “The basic human rights of transgender people are currently violated in Finland,” he says. “Not only do we face discrimination within society itself, but also by the state.”

Sakris’ struggle has earned him threats and open hostility. But he won’t give in. “I’ll stop when the fight is over,” he says.

Tell Finland to change the law and support transgender rights activists.

Show Sakris you are with him

Send him your messages of love and support. You can use the colours of the Trans flag: white, pink and light blue.

Sakris Kupila
Amnesty International Finnish Section
Hietaniemenkatu 7 A
00100 Helsinki

Write to the Prime Minister of Finland

Tell him to change the law and support transgender rights activists.  

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä
Finnish Government
PL 23, 00023 Valtioneuvosto


Twitter: @juhasipila