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Manitoba no longer requires surgery to change gender on birth documents!

The Province of Manitoba issued this wonderful news today.

Changes that take effect Feb. 1 through the Vital Statistics Agency (VSA) will allow a change to the sex designation on Manitoba birth registrations and certificates without requiring proof of surgery, Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.

“This [...]

Trans rights bill still stuck in the Senate

More than a year after it passed in the House of Commons, Bill C-279 has still not passed in the Senate, thus preventing it from becoming law.
The Bill, which would add “gender identity” to the Canadian human rights code and also make it an identifiable class under the hate crime section of the Criminal Code, [...]

Writing Trans Genres, May 22-24, 2014

Writing Trans Genres is an upcoming conference in Winnipeg (May 22-24) that will develop critical contexts for reading and interpreting trans* writing.
Writing Trans Genres invites writers, performers, critics, and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two [...]

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 [...]

Another article in the Wpg Free Press

A lengthy article,  A life reclaimed: The final symbolic step of transitioning appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press recently.
Last year, Manitoba saw a spike in the number of people seeking to change their sex, at least on paper.
For most of the last five years, only nine Manitobans asked Vital Statistics to change the male [...]

Bill C-279 passes in the House of Commons!

Bill C-279 was passed at third reading in the House of Commons. It now goes to the Senate.
This bill adds “gender identity” to our federal human rights protections and to our hate crime legislation.
From the Canadian Press:
A bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender Canadians was approved by the House [...]

Article in Wpg Free Press

A 4-page article, For Winnipeg’s transgender community, journey to a new identity is life-affirming, featuring some local trans folk, health care providers, and insights from the recent CPATH conference appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press recently.

For Winnipeg’s transgender community, journey to a new identity is life-affirming

Bill C-279 passes second reading!

Bill C-279 has passed its first vote in the House of Commons.  It now goes to the Justice Committee for amendments before a final vote in the House.
This bill would add “gender identity and gender expression” to our federal human rights protections and to our hate crime legislation. Unfortunately, the [...]

Manitoba to add “gender identity” to human rights code

The provincial government has introduced legislation that would explicitly ban discrimination based on “gender identity”.
The press release:
May 23, 2012

PROVINCE MOVES TO STRENGTHEN HUMAN RIGHTS CODE
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Changes Would Further Protect Manitobans from Discrimination, Streamline Resolution Process: Swan

Changes to Manitoba’s Human Rights Code would ensure Manitobans are further protected from discrimination based on gender [...]

Ontario ruling: allow gender change without surgery

Xtra is reporting:
In what a London lawyer is calling a “game-changing decision,” the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has struck down a rule that required trans people to undergo “transsexual surgery” in order to change the sex category on their birth certificates.
Released April 11, the 95-page decision follows a challenge by one trans [...]