Saskatchewan has become the latest province to jump aboard gender neutral government issued identification.
Following Alberta, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan’s government made the announcement to allow for people not wanting to be identified as male or female early this week. Any form of government issued identification, such as driver’s license, birth certificate, or basic ID, will now allow for people to have their gender indicator to marked by an ‘X’ instead of the standard ‘M’ for male and ‘F’ for Female, if they choose.
“The change to a non-specified option means that everyone can and will be able to more accurately represent who they are.”
The Saskatchewan government came to this decision to allow for gender neutral ID, after the Court of Queen’s Bench, in Saskatchewan, ruled that the government had to allow people to be able to remove their gender from their birth certificate.
“As the views of sex and gender change around the world, the change to a non-specified option means that everyone can and will be able to more accurately represent who they are” Jacq Brasseur, executive director at UR Pride Center for Sexuality and gender Diversity in Regina.
No extra documentation will be required to make the change on current identification cards.
– Cole Fortner