Canada Introduces Non-Gender Specific ‘Gender ‘X” Passports
From Thursday of this week Canadian Citizens will be able to self-identify as Gender ‘X’ on their passports as part of an approach by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to help transgender citizens to ‘feel safe’ when travelling abroad.
The move from the department for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship is intended to ‘support LGBTQ2 rights’ and advance the Canadian government’s ‘agenda on gender equality, diversity and inclusion’.
‘An ‘X’ will make it easier for people who do not identify as female (‘F’) or male (‘M’) to acquire passports and other government-issued documents that better reflect their gender identity,’ reads a government statement.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said he made the changes so that all Canadians could ‘feel safe to be themselves’ and ‘live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose’.
‘By introducing an ‘X’ gender designation in our government-issued documents, we are taking an important step towards advancing equality for all Canadians,’ Hussen added.
“X” will be available on passports from August 31st.
Other countries that allow for a third “unspecified” gender category include Australia, Denmark, Germany, and New Zealand.
In April, British LBGT activist group Stonewall called for a gender-neutral “X” option for UK passports, claiming transgender people are ‘afraid to travel abroad for fear of intrusive questioning or difficulties at passport control’.
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.