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Manitoba to allow gender change on birth certificate without surgery!

The Government of Manitoba has introduced legislation to allow the change of gender marker on birth certificates without the requirement of surgery.

CBC reports:

The minister responsible for the Vital Statistics Act, Ron Lemieux, said proposed changes he introduced Friday mean transgender Manitobans will not have to undergo surgery to change the sexual designation on documents such as birth certificates, health cards or marriage certificates.

Lemieux said governments across Canada, including Manitoba, are working to address what he called an issue of basic human rights.

“In our case, removing the requirement for transsexual surgery to change sexual designation on government documents is really an issue basic fairness,” he said.

Instead of having transsexual surgery, a person would make a statutory declaration and provide the written support of a health-care professional.