Canadian province ordered to pay $50,000 to trans person who was not allowed to put an X gender marker in a birth certificate

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The Canadian province of Manitoba has been ordered to pay $50,000 to a transgender person who was denied the right to have the gender marker on their birth certificate replaced with a gender-neutral one. The anonymous person, who is identified only as T.A., filed a complaint after having an initial request declined 5 years ago with an explanation that gender-neutral markers are not legally permitted. However, the local Human Rights Commission insists that they are not legally forbidden as well. “Gender identity is a part of our concept of selfhood,” stated adjudicator Daniel Manning in the ruling released earlier this week. The province was given 180 days to start offering non-binary sex designations on birth certificates and 60 days to pay the compensation to the transgender complainant.

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  1. Except that birth certificates should record sex, not the sex the person conceives themself to belong to (=gender identity).

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