Province introduces third gender option on identification, removes hurdles for changing markers https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/mobile/province-introduces-third-gender-option-on-identification-removes-hurdles-for-changing-markers-1.3965911 Albertans who do not identify as male or female, or who prefer that their gender does not appear on their identification, may now select the ‘X’ option on their provincially issued driver’s licences, identification cards and vital statistics records. “It matters how we treat one another,” said Premier Rachel Notley in a released statement. “By introducing an “X” marker on official documents, we are responding to concerns of the community and advancing equality for all Albertans, regardless of gender identity or expression.”
Why I had a hard time calling my transgender child ‘they’ — and why I’m doing it anyway https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2018/07/09/why-i-had-a-hard-time-calling-my-transgender-child-they-and-why-im-doing-it-anyway/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3b1f19fe8d08 Like many parents of transgender people, I had to educate myself about my child’s identity and how I could best support them. One stumbling block was that embracing my child’s identity meant changing my language. But more than anything else, back when I still stumbled over each “they,” I realized that the tiny jolt I felt each time my mind readjusted was a miniature echo and essential reminder of the hundreds of instances of disrespect, discrimination, harassment, hatred and violence that transgender people experience every day. A recent survey by the Human Rights Campaign and the University of Connecticut of more than 12,000 LGBTQ teens found that only 1 in 5 transgender teens says they are always called by their correct pronouns in school. Not calling people by their correct names is not a small thing. It’s a denial and a dismissal of their own deep sense of who they are. If parents would let themselves feel proud and amazed, instead of scared, when their kids grow and change, they might just grow and change themselves. And if they’re very lucky, their kids, like mine, will help the world grow and change, too.
Ontario issues first non-binary 'X' birth certificate https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/ontario-issues-first-non-binary-x-birth-certificate-1.3918536 A Vancouver filmmaker and writer has received Ontario’s first non-binary birth certificate. Ontario-born Joshua M. Ferguson identifies as non-binary trans and uses the pronouns “they” and “them.” Ontario says it is the first jurisdiction in the world to implement a two-fold policy, allowing the selection of either male, female or non-binary, and allowing the option of not displaying such identification on a birth certificate.
Here’s What It’s Like To Get Your Period When You’re Not A Woman https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5b75ac1fe4b0182d49b1c2ed?utm_source=qv_fb&utm_medium=facebook&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000050&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages At the end of the day, we cannot effectively rid the world of the period taboo unless we are doing so for all menstruators. Those of us who get our periods while not identifying as women deserve the same safety, access and comfort as anyone else who is menstruating. All that I want is to be able to walk into a store and buy tampons free of judgment, to change out my pads without worrying about my own safety in the bathroom, and to be included in a conversation that deeply impacts the body that I was born in, regardless of whether or not I am a woman.