ONE STEP FORWARD
Underscoring a significant shift in Canadian law, a 12-year-old transgender boy in Alberta has been granted a new birth certificate officiating his status as male.
The certificate was publicly presented to Wren Kauffman as part of an Edmonton pride brunch hosted by the city’s mayor — the result of a complaint Wren filed with the Alberta Human Rights Commission based on the inability to amend his listed sex.
Before today, Alberta only allowed a person’s sex to be switched legally if gender reassignment had been performed, an outdated practice that was also shot down by a local judge who ruled that doing so violates the rights of transgender people.
Similar human rights complaints have also been filed in four other provinces: Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, signifying a possible sweep in transgender rights victories across Canada.
Learn more about transgender children with Ryland’s Story, in which parents of a 6-year-old trans child document his transition.
Follow another parent’s stories of raising a gender non-conforming child on Queerty’s series: Raising my Rainbow.
H/t: Global News
Updated to clarify the pride brunch was in Edmonton.
@HowCanUKnow: “Still, you have to be aware of one thing, if you’re overweight (for example) that is something you’ve chosen.”
No actually, it isn’t. Not all the time. Thinking that way paves the way for fat-shaming. Sometimes things happen. I know a girl who used to be 115 pounds before she began to have lung problems – she had to start taking medication for her lungs, and that medication made her gain weight over time. She is now about 250 pounds. Does she deserved to be heckled and bitched at for her “choice to be fat”?
If one really thinks it’s a choice to be overweight I highly suspect that they are not overweight themselves and have never been, and they probably don’t have many or any friends who are. If you have a friend who is overweight, ask them when they chose to be overweight. Ask them the day, the time, the year. Seriously. Do it. See what answer you get.
Just a little FYI a child’s brain associates gender between the ages of 3 and 5. They are too young for this to just be a choice. The statistics on transgender suicide or attempted suicide are appalling. Kudos to the parents that love their children for who they are, not who they want them to be.
@abcd1234: Look up David Reimer and Dr. Money. It might be an interesting point the next time you run into a moron like KaiEr. Dr. Money thought the same thing, that it was possible to “raise a boy like a girl” because he thought that gender was all environmental, that gender identity is something one can learn. He was unequivocally wrong. His patient, David Reimer, killed himself.