the age at which an individual is legally able to give their consent; for example, the age at which an individual is legally able to consent to sex.
The age of consent has been a particular part of the Queer rights debate, as many countries and states within them have had differing ages of consent for homosexual and heterosexual acts, and at which age transgender youth should be allowed to navigate and seek medical therapies (e.g. hormonal) without parental permission.
It also may relate to the various laws in which transgender and nonbinary individuals may access medical treatment.
Originally published: 9th December, 2020
Last modified: 9th December, 2020