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In July of last year Canadian Minister of Transport, Denis Lebel, unilaterally instated a rule that seems to ban transgender passengers from flying on aeroplanes in Canada, writes Keph Senett of Matador Change.The regulation, which has been in place for six months, was apparently under the radar until a transgender blogger uncovered it earlier this week.
It doesn’t ban transgenders by name, but, according to item 5.2(c) of the Identity Screening Regulations (Canada’s “no-fly list,” according to Sennet), “An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if …(c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents…”
As Senett points out, the regulation could apply to anyone who has, say, shorter hair than usual, or wears flamboyant clothing, but is not actually transgender.
Yet transgenders, who do not have federal protection under Canada’s Human Rights Act, will have a particularly hard time with this.
In order to change your sex on a Canadian passport, Senett writes, you have to prove that you’ve had sexual reassignment surgery, or will have it within one year.
But not all transgender people get surgery, which is problematic.
Andrea Houston, in the gay and lesbian newspaper Xtra, informs her readers that transgender passengers can still board a plane “by supplying a letter from a heath care professional explaining the discrepancy.”
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