Published on : Saturday, August 26, 2017
The decision permitting the third category indicating an ‘unspecified’ sex is aimed to defend the rights of Canadians to identify by the gender of their choice, as declared by the country’s immigration department while announcing the change. The minister of immigration, Ahmed Hussen mentioned in a statement that the designation was added to advance ‘equality for all Canadians regardless of gender identity or expression’.
The move is actually a part of a broader push to welcome nontraditional forms of gender expression.
In the month of November, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada had appointed a special adviser to coordinate the efforts of the government to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
A law that was passed in June amended the Human Rights Act to include nondiscrimination protections for gender identity and also gender expression.
Canada is not the only country to introduce this rule.
At least eight more nations offer a third option on passports or national identification card as per Lambda Legal that is a nonprofit promoting civil rights of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and other transgender people. The countries include India, Nepal, Malta, Germany, Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Pakistan.