Canadian province makes monumental change to gender identity

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Improving gender identification process for people in BC

Bisexual, transgender and gender-diverse people in British Columbia are able to change gender designations on the BC Services Card, BC driving license, BCID card and BC birth certificate without the confirmation of a doctor or psychologist.

This action, which came into effect on January 10, 2022, comes from the first advances made when BC was the first jurisdiction in Canada to revise its legislation to remove the requirement for surgery before an individual can change the sex on their birth certificate.

“Moving to a non-medical model of gender identification will reduce a real barrier facing bisexual, transgender, non-binary and other gender-diverse people in the province as they try to change their identification documents,” he said. said Grace Lore, MP. Secretary for Gender Equity. “Every individual knows their own gender best, and today I am proud that our government recognizes this by taking significant action.”

The Department of Public Health, Department of Citizens Services and BC Insurance Corporation have teamed up to implement this change.

“Our government is committed to promoting equality for two-minded, transgender and gender-diverse people,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “This announcement will make it easier for people to reflect their true genders on their BC identification documents. We will continue our work to create a healthcare system that works for everyone.

Adults who wish to change their gender designations will be required to complete a gender identification change request, which includes a self-declaration. People under 19 must also provide proof of parental and / or caregiver support.

“Today’s announcement builds on the 2018 implementation of the X Gender Marker, where we added a third gender option for government ID,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Civil Services. is part of our ongoing commitment to make this government, its services and the province increasingly accessible to people of all genders.

On November 1, 2018, a third option for gender identification, an X-gender marker, appeared on identification documents issued by the province.

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