Ontario Allows Trans People To Change Birth Certificate Without Surgery

Ontario has become the first province in Canada to allow transgendered people to change the sex on their birth certificates without requiring gender-reassignment surgery. Under new guidelines, an individual can request a new birth certificate with a letter from a psychologist or physician.

“It’s a huge decision. It’s a remarkably positive decision. This is an important victory,” Susan Gapka, chair of the Trans Lobby Group, told the Star.

Previously, the Vital Statistics Act required proof of  surgery, which tribunal member Sheri Price said perpetuated stereotypes about transgendered persons.

Opponents argued that other forms of identification, like driver’s licenses, can already be changed by transgendered people and that birth records were important for statistical information. Birth certificates are, however, used to procure passports.