Ontario issues first genderless birth certificate to ‘non-binary’ trans activist

May 10, 2018 by

by Calvin Freiburger, LifeSite:

A biological male who identifies as neither male nor female has received Ontario’s first birth certificate with an “X” designation in place of his biological sex.

Joshua M. Ferguson is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who says he considers himself “non-binary” because he is biologically male but grew up with more feminine features. Last year he applied to Service Ontario for a “non-binary” birth certificate, filed a human rights complaint when he was rejected, and has finally gotten his wish, CTV News reports.

The move follows new guidelines Ontario adopted last year allowing certificates to display “X,” which stands for “Trans, Non-Binary, Two-Spirit, and Binary people and people who don’t want to disclose their gender identity,” in place of the customary initials for male or female. Service Ontario also offers “non-binary” health cards, and allows residents to change the gender on their birth certificates or drivers licenses as well, without providing any supporting documentation.

“Ontario’s new policy will save lives in the trans community,” Ferguson claimed Monday, celebrating the news. “A birth certificate is the most vital form of ID for personhood. Being officially counted and recognized is empowering.”

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