Ontario, Canada, the latest to officially drop SRS for gender ID change

Susan Gapka

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — The no-SRS requirement keep falling like dominos. The Ontario, Canada government officially dropped sex reassignment surgery as a needed step for transgender people wanting to change their gender ID on their birth certificates. The new rules only require a letter from a trans person’s psychologist or doctor.

Earlier this year I wrote of progress being made in Ontario to make it easier for trans people to change their IDs on their birth certificates: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/ontario-human-rights-tribunal-says-srs-not-required-to-change-birth-certificate-gender/

Ontario’s Trans Lobby Group’s Susan Gapka on the government’s announcement: “It’s a huge decision. It’s a remarkably positive decision. This is an important victory.”

The new rules brings consistency to all forms of ID in Ontario — previously one could get a driver’s license without SRS, but without a birth certificate showing the changed gender, a trans person had difficulty getting, among other things, a passport.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Trans Lobby Group pushed for the changes in Ontario and it is hoped that the decision prompts the other Canadian provinces to fall in line.

Transgendered Ontarians now allowed to alter birth certificates without sex-change surgery – thestar.com.

Trans Lobby Group’s Susan Gapka

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Categories: Discrimination, Equality, Civil Rights, Legislative, Transgender, Transsexual, Trans

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4 replies

  1. I am so happy to be living in Ontario as trans person with these changes

  2. I don’t understand. Maybe the article is just too vague, but this is going back to an adults birth and changing the birth certificate. Is this in cases where it is ambiguous or is this pertaining to a voluntary change performed by an adult?

  3. One can change the gender marker on your birth certificate if you make the transition to a new gender. Not all trans people have the surgery but they live the rest of their lives in the gender different from the one on the birth certificate. Previously you had to have the surgery to change it, now you don’t.

  4. good work..more power to you and thank you

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