BC says that gender on ID cards can now be changed without the doctor’s confirmation – BC News

Easier change of ID gender

The Canadian Press – | History: 357078

The British Columbia government says gender markers on provincial identification cards can now be changed without confirmation from a doctor or psychologist.

Grace Lore, parliamentary secretary for gender equality, says the change will reduce a barrier that bisexual, transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse people face when trying to change their identification documents.

Citizens’ Services Minister Lisa Beare says the change follows the 2018 introduction of “X” as a third, non-specific gender option for government identification.

The BC Gender Equality Office and the Ministries of Health and Civil Service say in a statement that the change also follows the earlier removal of a requirement that a person must have surgery before changing their birth certificate.

The province says adults must fill out an application form to change their gender designation.

Young people between the ages of 12 and 19 must also provide documentation of support from a parent or guardian, while confirmation from a doctor or psychologist for children aged 11 and under is still required.

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