By law, those 12 and older do NOT need a doc or psychologist in order to change their gender marker AND, by request, people can get a birth certificate without a gender marker on it. Also - protect trans kids.
The British Columbia government unanimously passed an amendment to the province’s Vital Statistics Act Tuesday that allows gender self-identification for children as young as 12 years old.
Bill 15 was introduced on March 9 by NDP Minister for Health Adrian Dix and unanimously passed in the BC legislature on March 28. The law does two things: It allows children as young as 12 to change their legal sex on their birth certificate without the need for a doctor or mental health professional’s involvement, and it also allows residents of BC to be issued with a birth certificate that does not have a sex marker.
This move comes as several European nations and numerous US states take steps in the other direction and tighten restrictions on child and adolescent sex changes.
England, Sweden, Finland, and Norway have all undertaken systematic reviews of the evidence for affirmation and medical intervention for minors who identify as the opposite sex and found it to be of extremely poor quality. Each nation has pivoted away from the affirmative model of care favoured in Canada and back to a more cautious psychotherapeutic approach to treating this vulnerable cohort of young people.
A legal sex change formally recognises a young person’s social transition, but numerous experts are raising the alarm about allowing children and adolescents still in a crucial stage of identity development to take such a dramatic step.