Ontario could soon allow gender-neutral birth certificates
Ontario could soon allow gender-neutral birth certificates as the government in the Candian province considers allowing them.
Ontario’s minster of government and consumer services, Tracey MacCharles, told the Canadian Press that the province needs to coordinate with other governments in Canada.
She said this will come before any altered birth certificates are offered.
Canadian filmmaker and activist, Joshua M Ferguson, who is nonbinary, pushed the state to recognise their gender identity.
Ferguson has applied to Ontario authorities to have their birth certificate changed to a gender-neutral option.
They said that not having gender-neutral birth certificates in Ontario in 2018 is “not good enough”.
“I have a right to my birth certificate in the same time period as every other Canadian — within six weeks from my submission of the application,”they told BuzzFeed in an email.
“My gender identity and gender expression are covered under Ontario law. I have a right to receive my non-binary birth certificate now, not next year.”
Canada recently introduced a gender-neutral option on driver’s licenses and is working to introduce the option to passports too.
Ferguson added that if they are successful in the application, it will allow them to “turn this alienation we feel into a realised place in society”.
“I am doing this for myself: once I was scared, hurt and alone and I didn’t have the language or the support to be who I am. But I am also doing this for you, the non-binary reader who has had to fight daily to exist in the face of intolerance,” they concluded.
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