British Columbia says gender on ID cards can now be changed without doctor confirmation – BC News

Easier change of ID gender

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

Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, says the change will reduce a barrier faced by two-spirited, transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse people when trying to change their identity documents.

Citizen Services Minister Lisa Beare said the change followed the 2018 introduction of “X” as a third non-specific gender option for government identification.

The British Columbia Office of Gender Equity and the Ministries of Health and Citizen Services say in a statement that the change also follows the earlier removal of the requirement that a person must undergo a surgery before changing his birth certificate.

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

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

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