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Quebec just changed the law to let trans kids legally change their gender

Joseph McCormick June 11, 2016

Quebec has just done something pretty amazing for transgender kids and teenagers.

The bill which allows trans minors to legally change their gender, became law in the Canadian province on Friday.

The Civil Code will be changed to include transgender kids and teenagers, and the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms will also be changed to outlaw transphobic discrimination.

The bill against transphobia was tabled late in May.

Teenagers will not need to undergo gender reassignment surgery to change their birth certificates.

However if they are 14 or older and one of their parents or legal guardians objects to the change, it will go to a tribunal.

If they are 13 or under the request to legally change their gender must come from the parent or guardian.

Canadian MPs earlier this month voted to make changes to its national anthem to make it gender-inclusive.

The country’s Parliament is currently addressing a bill, tabled by Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, which tweaks the country’s national anthem O Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – who came to power in Canada last year –  has put equality at the heart of his leadership: appointing a diverse, expert-led gender-balanced cabinet, speaking out against homophobia, and becoming the first Canadian PM to march at Pride.

He also made history by flying a rainbow flag from Parliament Hill, and announced a raft of new trans rights protections that will bolster anti-discrimination laws on the grounds of gender identity.

More: Kids, Quebec, Trans, Transgender

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