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Stop Finland discriminating against transgender people

Sakris was a teenager when he realised that the gender he was given at birth doesn’t express who he is.

Since then, he has faced many challenges in Finland. First, he needed to be diagnosed with a “mental disorder” in order to change his name to one that he felt better matched his identity. Then he learned that in order to have his gender legally recognized, he would also need to be sterilized.

"It felt like I was categorized subhuman based on my gender identity. I felt sick."

Despite facing intimidation and threats, Sakris is bravely campaigning for a fairer system for transgender people in Finland, so that nobody else is treated how he has been treated.

If the Finnish government ends these cruel regulations, transgender people will be able to live their lives with dignity, enjoying their right to be recognized for who they are.

Join Sakris. Sign the petition now.

Demand that the Finnish government changes the law to guarantee that Sakris Kupila and all transgender people in Finland can obtain legal recognition of their gender identity without having to comply with requirements that violate their human rights.

No government should be able to force people to give up their human rights just to be recognized for who they are. Join Sakris now.

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Many of you have lent your voice to Sakris’ call for legal gender recognition in Finland.

On 23rd March, Amnesty showed the authorities in Finland how much you have supported Sakris to enable him to carry out his work, so that all transgender persons may enjoy their rights. 


  • 340 000+ actions around the world have been taken in support of Sakris and his fight for a legal gender recognition procedure that respects human rights
  • Increased visibility and greater media attention on Sakris’ case
  • Sakris feels much safer and able to carry out his work with less risk of harassment
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