In Canada, all photo ID—health card, passport, driver's license—show a gender which is based on the sex designation from the birth certificate.
In most provinces, they need to change their birth certificates, which many can't do.
In Ontario between Oct. 5, 2012, and May 24, 2013, 117 of 213 applications were rejected.
Where photo ID can change without the birth certificate, the process varies, but there are always costs and unfair rules.
Some require “transsexual surgery,” which most can't get or don't need.
Others require a doctor to diagnose Trans identity as a mental disorder (like homosexuality was in the 1960s).
Province by province, Trans people are using human rights law to challenge the unfair rules. But that takes years.
Ongoing cooperation between activists and Trans-friendly members of Ontario's parliament has made this possible.
The Honourable David Orazietti, MPP, is the new Minister of Government and Consumer Services.
With his support, we could see positive changes much faster.
He might be willing to help, but first we need to show him this is an important issue to a lot of people.
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