Canada to have allow gender-neutral passports, will have new option 'X'

Lester Mason
August 25, 2017

By the end of August, transgendered Canadians will be able to identify themselves as "X" when filling out the gender portion of their passport application, CBC reports.

"Until documents with an "x" option can be printed, the government will allow people to add an observation to their passports, indicating it is unspecified", the National Post reported.

An "X" will make it easier for people who do not identify as female ("F") or male ("M") to acquire passports and other government-issued documents that better reflect their gender identity.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, announced on Thursday that the Government of Canada will be working on implementing the change, which will also be available on other documents issued by the Ministry to support LGBTQ2 rights and advance gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. "This measure will advance equality for all Canadian citizens irrespective of their gender identity and expression".

The new provision follows the country's passage of the C-16 bill in June, an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act making it illegal for individuals to be discriminated against on grounds of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

The group is suing the United States State Department on behalf of a client who identifies as neither male nor female and is therefore unable to accurately complete a passport application. Some transgender Canadians praised this move and stated that is a move in the right direction.

Last year, a judge in OR granted a petition allowing Jamie Shupe of Portland, Ore., a retired Army sergeant, to identify as neither sex and instead be classified as nonbinary. In July, Oregon began allowing residents to mark their sex on driver's licenses as "not specified".

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