Y.Y., who is a transgender man, wanted to have gender reassignment surgery in line with his gender identity.
He asked a court to approve his request to have surgery, but it was refused, even though doctors said it was best for his mental health.
In its 2006 decision, the Turkish court said that Y.Y. was not allowed to have surgery because he was not infertile.
Y.Y. appealed against this decision, arguing that the infertility requirement was unfair and irrelevant. It did not change the fact that he identified as a man.
The Turkish court rejected Y.Y.’s appeal.
Y.Y. made a new request to the court in 2013. This time he was successful. The Turkish court changed its approach and did not consider whether Y.Y. was infertile.