In an historic first, a twelve-year-old Canadian transgender boy was awarded a birth certificate reflecting his gender.
Wren Kauffman lives in Alberta, where the law says a transgender person must have sex reassignment surgery before their birth certificate can be changed. Wren’s parents filed a complaint with the province’s Human Rights Commission, asking that Wren be officially recognized as a boy. A judge sided with the Kauffmans, striking down the law, saying it violated the rights of transgender citizens.
This week, at a Pride Fest luncheon, Wren was presented with a new birth certificate by his city’s mayor. There was just one small change: the document now reads M instead of F. A change that to Wren, is not small at all.
“If you’re not yourself, then it kind of gets sad and depressing. I’m glad that I told everybody.”
Besides Alberta, transgender Canadians have filed similar human rights violation complaints in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which are waiting disposition. Hopefully Wren’s victory will help pave the way.
Congratulations Wren! And congratulations Canada! Way to go!
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