A friend of the blog wrote to tell us the following: “In April 2012, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ordered the government of Ontario to change its requirements for trans* persons’ ability to change their sex/gender on their birth certificates. Amazingly, the government has fully acceded to the order, and released their revised requirements October 5th.
Here’s the link:
“Transsexual surgery” (whatever that means!) is no longer required. Instead, an applicant merely needs to sign the requisite documents, pay the processing fee(s), and supply a supporting document, which could come from a psychologist or physician. This brings the policy in line with the Ontario Driver’s License requirements. (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/genderchange.shtml)
This is a massive step forward. Hopefully, other provinces will follow suit. It would be great if people could write the relevant ministers in their province of residence or birth (for Canadians, obviously) asking for them to update their own requirements.”