Really, Canada? Transgendered People Not Allowed to Fly

It seems our neighbors to the north are putting a freeze on transgender travelers. According to some bloggers this rule has been in place since July, however it has yet to be enforced on anyone.

According the blog Jezebel,

This regulation was part of a larger set of rules put into place by the Minister of Transportation, Denis Lebel, who happens to be a conservative. (Surprise!) He required no approval from the Canadian parliament to implement them, which explains why no one was aware this was even a problem until recently.

In another blog post from Chris Malloy,

The shit hit the fan in the trans blogosphere last night, when it came to light that there is a disturbing new section in the Identity Screening Regulations used in airports throughout Canada. Simply put, Transgender People are Completely Banned From Boarding Airplanes in Canada.

The offending section of the regulations reads:

5.2 (1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if …
(c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents;

So what does this mean? Well, in order to change the ‘sex’ designation on a Canadian Passport, the federal government requires proof that surgery has taken place, or will take place within one year. So for non-operative transgender persons, for gender nonconforming (genderqueer) persons, and for the vast majority of pre-operative transsexual persons, it is literally impossible to obtain proper travel documentation marked with the sex designation which “matches” the gender identity in which they live.

Categories: human rights

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