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Canada Ontario has just issued its first non-binary birth certificate, recipient says

02:41  08 may  2018
02:41  08 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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An Ontario-born filmmaker has been issued what they say is the province's first non-binary birth certificate after a year-long legal battle with the government.

Joshua Ferguson, who identifies as neither a man nor a woman and uses the gender-neutral pronoun "they", says receiving a birth certificate that accurately represents their gender was a  hard-fought victory.

"Ontario's new policy will save lives in the trans community. A birth certificate is the most vital form of ID for personhood. Being officially counted and recognized is empowering," Ferguson said in a release Monday.

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CBC News first reported on Ferguson last May.

Ferguson initially applied to Service Ontario to change the sex designation on their birth registration to non-binary in 2017 and later filed a human rights complaint, prompting a policy change.

People can now choose between "M" for male, "F" for female and "X" for non-binary.

They can also opt not to display a sex designation on the birth certificate at all.

Ferguson says the policy makes it clear that non-binary people exist.

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