British Columbia (Canada)

A policy change underway at the Ministry of Health will remove one barrier to official recognition of gender identity for transgender people in British Columbia, Canada. Sex reassignment surgery will no longer be required before the sex designation associated with a person’s B.C. Services Card can be changed, according to the ministry. The new policy should take effect by the end of the year, a spokesman said, but the ministry could not specify a date. B.C. Services Cards began replacing CareCards in February, and the planned change arose during the discussions surrounding that transition. The news comes three weeks after a 10-year-old boy from Comox and his grandmother began campaigning for the same change to other official identification. Harriette Cunningham said he always knew he was a girl, even if he was born with a boy’s body.

Transgender people in B.C. win a battle over identity – Times Colonist.


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