I am going to need a moment. Go ahead and read this while I regroup.
An Argentinian tax worker who changed his gender on official documents after claiming to identify as female actually did it in order to retire earlier, a relative says.
Sergia Lazarovich, 60, a government worker from the northern province of Salta, applied to change her gender in June last year, having lived for decades as Sergio.
The change was approved recently but a relative has since come forward to accuse Sergia of lying and trying to cheat the pension system.
Hold the phone. Is this a case of a man giving up his male privilege and patriarchal ways to score some lady benefits? I just want to be clear.
Argentinian law allows any person to change their gender on identity documents to match their self-perception, without having to provide evidence of hormone treatment or gender reassignment surgery.
The law also allow women to retire on a state pension aged 60, whereas men have to wait until age 65.
My personal opinion is that I don’t care what you self idenitfy as. When the government threatens fines and jail time for not participating in your delusion is where I have questions. Otherwise I’m happy to call you a grilled cheese sandwich. If you claim to self identify as one. Though I also reserve the right to find someone who self identifies as a taco and have you two fight it out. Since I self identify as an @$$hole. Also, we all want to know who would win in a fight between a taco and a grilled cheese. Winner takes on someone who identifies as a deep dish pizza.
But let’s keep it real. Who among us hasn’t though of self-identifying as a woman to game the system? Though only once a week on Thursdays. It’s less a trans thing. More a free drinks thing.
And I’ll be honest, it’s hard not to side with someone screwing the government. Even if it does lack creativity to go from SergiO to SergiA. If you’re going to commit to the con, commit to the con. Call yourself Alfonsina. Create a whole new backstory about always wanting to be a dancer. Now with retiring five years earlier, you can finally realize your dream. Become Alfonsina, twinkle toes!
Now, the honest problem: if changing gender is fine because “you feel like a pretty lady” where does it stop? This dude is gaming the retirement system like a lady boss. How is Argentina going to stop his Daisy Duke boots from walking all over them?