Quebec! trans* rights - droits trans*
Trans* people in Quebec need your help!
Please contribute if you can.
If you are into that sort of thing, you can actually read the lawsuit itself, but quick version, we are challenging the following legal restrictions:
- the inability to change your name or sex on your Quebec identity papers if you are not a Canadian citizen
- people under 18 years old cannot change their sex on their Quebec identity papers
- inability to apply for a change of name yourself personally if you are under 18 years old
- people still cannot change their sex in Quebec unless they can prove that they have undergone surgery on their sexual organs (generally, hysterectomy or vaginoplasty) and take hormone therapy. Proof of chest surgery is also sometimes requested for people seeking to change their sex to male. These legal requirements were changed in 2013 but the new law is still not in force so for now these requirements still stand.
- impossibility of changing your papers so that a sex designation is not listed.
- inability to obtain a birth certificate that does not list a sex designation of male or female.
- it is not possible to change how a parent is listed on a birth certificate. Right now the parental category (mother or father) must match the legal sex of the parent at the time of the child's birth and can never be changed.
- Parents must chose to be a "mother" or a "father". The parental designation of "parent" is not an option.
We want to change all of this, and need your support to do so! Your donation will fund the court case.
It's important to note that this structural discrimination takes place in a province whose government still funds and promotes a gender clinic that provides therapy very similar to the "conversion therapy" offered by radical groups.
We do have a lawyer who has volunteered to take our case pro bono but we will still have to pay for administrative fees.
We sincerely appreciate any and all donations you can make! By helping fund this case we can work toward a world where everyone's gender identity will be respected and trans* people won't have to live in fear and humiliation.
You'll be helping to change people's lives in a very direct way!
1Trans* written with an asterisk indicates a broad conception of trans-ness. It is not limited to transsexuals or transgender persons, but also includes everyone whose gender identity does not match the one assigned at birth.
Les personnes trans* ont besoin de votre aide!
Au Québec, une personne trans*(1) doit
1Pour obtenir un changement de mention de sexe (M ou F), obligatoirement subir une hystérectomie complète ou une vaginoplastie. Parfois, une mastechtomie est aussi exigée
2. Les jeunes trans* sont forcés de vivre leur secondaire avec un identifiant qui n'est pas le leur, les exposants à de l'intimidation, de la discrimination et au suicide
3. Les personnes trans immigrantes qui veulent s'établir au Québec se voient refuser le changement de mention de sexe jusqu'à ce qu'ils et elles obtiennent leur citoyenneté canadienne
4. Les parents trans n'ont pas la possibilité de changer leur titre parents après leur changement de mention de sexe.
Nous voulons changer cette situation et avons besoin de votre aide! Votre don financera en partie la contestation judiciaire.
Il est important de savoir que cette discrimination structurelle est effectuée par un gouvernement qui finance et fait la promotion d'une clinique du genre qui utilise des protocoles proches des "thérapies de conversion" offertes par des groupes radicaux.
Bien que l'avocat qui soutient notre cause offre ses services pro bono, nous aurons à couvrir l'ensemble des frais administratifs liés au dossier.
Chaque don est important et apprécié, peu importe le montant! Avec votre aide, nous bâtissons un monde ou les personnes trans* pourront vivre leur identité de genre sans peur et humiliation.
En somme, vous contribuez à changer des vies directement!
1 Le terme trans* écrit avec un astérisque permet une compréhension large des enjeux et réalités trans*. Il ne se restreint pas à la définition simpliste de transsexuelle et transgenre, mais inclue toute personne donc l'identité de genre ne correspond pas à celle assignée à la naissance.
The fight still goes on.
Wonderful people, we just won a fantastic battle against the Quebec government. Here's the story.
One of our expert was being challenged to give all her raw data to the government. Imagine that folks. They wanted to have all the names and private info from participants to the transpulse study (transpulse.ca)!
Our lawyer fought hard and brought solid and uncontestible arguments in front of the superior Court and the Judge ruled in our favor.
We owe this to you folks. We owe this to you. Your funding is helping not only this court case but also future research and court case for trans people in Canada.
Be proud of what we collectively done so far and share wide this amazing victory.
We have not won the whole battle yet though. Keep supporting us in our effort to bring rights to all trans folks in Quebec.
The Superior court has granted intervenor status to three important organisation in our court case; Gender Creative Kids Canada, The LGBT Family Coalition and Egale Canada. This is super exiting but what does it mean right?
Intervenors are what I call nosy people. They are not the plaintiffs but want to be part of the conversation. They want to add legal arguments so the existing case without changing the nature of the case itself. For us, it means that three organizations that believe in our case are nosy and will be heard by the court. I like that a lot. :-)
The government did not want them to intervene. They argued that it would be a waste of time, a redundance in arguments and it would open the door to a flood. The court decided otherwise.
I've attached the link to the decision.
Please keep on giving. We need the money now more than ever.
Great (late) news from Quebec my friends. The government finally passed the new regulation enacting the new law. This means that as of October 1st of this year, it is no longer necessary to have surgical modification of ones body to have a gender marker change! Cool huh? :-)
Already, more than 50 folks have made their gender marker change request and quite a few have gotten it. This mean that we have removed that part out of our lawsuit. But we still need to move forward.
Children and youth still can't change their gender marker. Neither can migrants if they do not have canadian citizenship. And parents can't change their parental title on their kids birth certificate. In short, Quebec's laws are still discriminatory and our case goes forward.
We will need to bring one expert all the way from Washington university so your donations are more than ever necessary.
Give if you can.
Share if you care.
Love from Montreal <3
Thanks to all of you who gave since the beginning of this campaign. Special thanks for those who gave recently.
A good news is coming in the next few days. Stay tuned and share our campaign with your friends and family.
Is there any way to tack on something to remove the residency requirement (one year before application) for name/gender marker change? I was born there, and it is the only province in the country that does not allow you to change your birth certificate unless you currently reside there. This means that I have to carry my original birth certificate with a legal amendment (separate piece of paper) from my current province.