Critics say BC’s self-identity gender policy opens the door to abuse


According to BC, the gender of the ID card can now be changed without medical consent

Vancouver β€” Some activists praise BC’s move to facilitate the process of changing gender markers on state identification, while others say it’s not an evidence-based health policy. Criticize it as political.

On January 14, the BC government announced that transgender, two-spirit, and gender-diversified adults have their gender with a driver’s license, BC service card, BCID, and birth certificate without the consent of a doctor or psychologist. He said he was able to declare the designation.

Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equality in BC, said the change would reduce the “real barriers” that British Columbia citizens faced when trying to change their ID.

“Each individual knows his or her gender best,” Lore said in a statement. “We are proud that our government is aware of this by taking breakthrough actions.”

The move was praised by activist groups such as Transcare, British Columbia.

“By making this change and allowing self-reporting of gender on ID, the state has taken an important step in respecting the rights of British Columbia’s two-spirit, transgender and gender diversity people. “The program director of Lorraine Greaves, Transcare, British Columbia, said in a statement.

However, Aaron Kimberley, founder of the BC-based Gender Discomfort Alliance (GDA), said the behavior was hurt by minimizing the clinical and medical needs of transgender people and was malicious. It states that it will open the door to abuse by.

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Aaron Kimberley, founder and director of the BC-based Gender Discomfort Alliance. (Distribution)

Kimberly, a trans-gender man and mental health nurse since 2008, states that the new policy raises concerns about women’s safety and human rights. ..

Women’s Space Vancouver and Canadian Women’s Sex-Based Rights expressed concern on Twitter after BC announced a policy change. Kimberly says it is unfair that women’s rights groups are being forced to fight increasingly ideologically driven transgender activities and politics.

“Endangering women and children in that way fuels an understandable but horrifying backlash against transsexuals like me,” Kimberly told The Epoch Times.

Kimberly points out California, which was the first in the United States to adopt the self-identification gender law in 2019. In California, men have been reported to be transferred to female prisons, including men convicted of violent sex crimes.

As of mid-2021, more than 260 male prisoners had officially requested transfer to female institutions, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Women’s gender-based rights in Canada state that there are already five men claiming to be transgender at the Fraser Valley Women’s Institute in British Columbia. Kimberly expects that number to increase as a result of the state’s self-identity gender policy.

Neither the British Columbia Ministry of Public Health nor the Gender Equality Department responded to repeated requests to answer questions about these groups’ concerns by press time.

The new policy follows BC’s 2018 move to introduce an “X” as a third non-specific gender option for government identification.

The state’s Gender Equality Bureau and the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Services said in a statement that this change would follow the early removal of the requirement that applicants must undergo surgery before changing their birth certificate. Stated.

British Columbia states that adults need to fill out an application to change their gender markers.

Young people between the ages of 12 and 19 are required to provide evidence of support from their parents or guardians, while children under the age of 11 require confirmation from a doctor or psychologist.

Concerns about children

Kimberly is one of the growing global movements to stop healthcare professionals affirming the feelings of young transgender people for drugs and surgery with few assessments of other psychological problems. It is a department.

Countries such as Finland and Australia have issued new treatment guidelines that emphasize psychotherapy as the front line of treatment for teens with gender identity. This is the feeling that gender does not match gender identity. In Sweden, domestic sex clinics have stopped prescribing puberty suppressants and sex hormones to individuals under the age of 18.

Despite this cautious stance in more countries, Kimberly warns that Canada’s transgender health system is “fully adopted and abused for political purposes.”

β€œTo protect and live with all Canadians, we need subtle laws and policies,” Kimberly says.

Jared Gnam

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Jared Gnam is a Vancouver-based reporter.