The Transsexuellengesetz was introduced in 1981, offering trans people the option to
either change their name (“small solution”) or all birth records (“big solution”).
Changes to the Transsexuellengesetz: No more minimum age for application (1982). Paragraph suspended necessitating applicants to have had exterior organ surgery.
The number of transgender people in Germany is unknown. Currently there are 5000-7000 in treatment, but support groups estimate the actual figure may be over 11,000.
There is no minimum age for having gender reassignment surgery in Germany, but generally this is not done before 18. Exceptions are chest reconstruction surgeries, which are sometimes carried out at 16.
Homosexuality was only removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1986.