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Canada introduces ‘X’ gender as third option on passports

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Canada introduces ‘X’ gender as third option on passportsAhmed Hussein, Minister of refugees, immigration and citizenship Canada (IRCC) disclosed in a statement that Canadian passport holders will have a third option for identifying their gender, “M” for male, “F” for female or “X” for unspecified.

According to the LGBT rights group Lambda Legal, the decision makes Canada the ninth country in the world to offer a third category for gender identification on passports after Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand and Pakistan.

Officials said the change is meant to offer transgender individuals the option to accurately describe their gender identity without being forced to identify as their birth gender.

“Starting August 31, 2017, IRCC will be the first government of Canada department to introduce interim measures, which include allowing individuals to add an observation to their passport stating their sex should be identified as “X,” indicating that it is unspecified.”

“Interim measures will be available until IRCC is able to print documents with an “X. All Canadians should feel safe to be themselves, 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 regardless of gender identity or expression,” the statement reads.

13 Comments

  1. Orange

    August 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    The End is near.. Cling on to God

    • Mimie jean

      August 27, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      The end is near.people are dying from hunger.

    • Scarfina

      August 28, 2017 at 2:41 am

      You know it was man who created the idea of female and male right? Gender is a social construct. Gender and sex are two different things and if people want to identify with anything on the gender spectrum, then let them be. The god you’re clinging on to is the same one who created these people so relax please.

    • Halima

      August 28, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Which end? Is it not same God that created hermaphrodites or what do they call people with 2 reproductive organ? abeg everything is not always white or black. There’s always a gray area.

    • Wale Vintage

      August 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Canada Rocks!!! – For those of us that are Gender Neutral. I hope other countries adopt this too.

  2. Ottawa Queen

    August 27, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Hmm this option ‘X’ applies to Bobrisky’s case…I’m curious to know what gender he has on his passport.

    • Olori

      August 28, 2017 at 7:46 am

      He has a Nigerian passport. So, Male.

  3. nene+

    August 28, 2017 at 12:05 am

    How has this helped mankind ….i am yet to see.
    Might be ok for hermaphrodites but trans mba

  4. fdabbott

    August 28, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Yes “X” is for Morons that don’t know what their asshole is for.

  5. whitewolf60

    August 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

    If “gender” is a “social construct”, then it is useless for identification purposes. And a passport is an identity document, thus it should indicate the SEX of the bearer, NOT the “gender”.

    Sex as in male, female… maybe a little of both, but there is definitely NO SUCH THING as a “NEITHER” and applicants for an identity document should not be able to choose “UNSPECIFIED” for an identifying characteristic… how about an “UNSPECIFIED” photo, for example?

  6. Purple

    August 28, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Gender a social contruct?!!! There is nothing you wont hear these days… SMDH

  7. Susie

    August 28, 2017 at 10:06 am

    In all these debates people forget that there are people who are actually born as ‘hermaphrodites’ (proper name is intersex). They are up to 2% of the population in some countries but in Africa many hide due to stigma. I only know all this because my cousin is one & looks female with breasts but also testes (internal) & other masculine parts..

    My cousin was raised as female but liked only women as an adult & was sent to countless prayer camps etc. Only later that my aunt/ uncle revealed the truth & said she was operated as a baby. Through my cousin I’ve gotten to know other intersex people here in Nigeria. Many of such identify with the opposite gender when they grow. All this to say that walk in someone’s shoes before judging.

    • molarah

      August 28, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Intersex humans actually have one dominant gender. There is no real human hermaphrodite i,e, a human with both functional male and female sex organs. There have been several “human hermaphrodites” but none has been able to impregnate themselves, the way animal hermaphrodites are able to do so. One sex organ will be functional while the other is not. Doctors that know their salt will be able to detect the more dominant sex hormone and advise on the most suitable gender assignment surgery, however in the case of your cousin this was not properly done. I understand making a case for younger people whose hormones cannot be detected and as such are yet to know their actual gender, but please, you and I know this X gender passport is just one step further in foolishness.

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