Canada trans boy, 12, given historic new birth certificate

Judge ruling could lead to a wave of incredible transgender rights victories across Canada

Canada trans boy, 12, given historic new birth certificate
17 June 2014

A 12-year-old transgender Canadian boy now has a new birth certificate recognizing him as male.

The city’s mayor presented Wren Kauffman, from Alberta, with the new document at the weekend during the Pride festival brunch.

A spokesperson for Heather Klimchuk, the province’s culture minister, said the new certificate simply has a ‘M’ instead of a ‘F’.

Kauffman and his family had filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission demanding the government recognize their son as a boy.

‘If you’re not yourself, then it kind of gets sad and depressing,’ he told CBC News last year.

‘I’m glad that I told everybody.’

In Alberta, it was law that said trans people must have reassignment surgery before they can be recognized as their true gender on their birth certificate.

A local judge shot this law down, saying it violated the rights of transgender people.

Similar human rights complaints have also been filed in three other provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, signifying a possible sweep in transgender rights victories across Canada.

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