Non-binary gender option coming to Manitoba birth certificates

Manitobans will soon have a non-binary gender option on birth certificates.

The province is allowing the third option in addition to “male” or “female” on official birth documents.

The Progressive Conservative government says people will also have the option of not selecting any sex designation on birth and death certificates once a bill currently before the legislature is passed into law.

“In response to a ruling from the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Vital Statistics Agency is implementing policy changes to be more inclusive to Manitobans,” Finance Minister Scott Fielding said in a release.

Last November, a human rights adjudicator ordered the province to pay $50,000 to a transgender individual who wanted the sex designation on their birth certificate replaced with an “X” but was denied.

 

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