BC residents who don’t identify as male or female will have the choice to display an X as a third option in the gender field of their BC driver’s license, identity card, birth certificate and BC Services Card.
Citizens Services Minister Jinny Sims says the change moves BC into the 21st century when it comes to gender identity.
“This is a step in the right direction to ensure that identity documents better reflect identity,” says Sims.
“As a physician who works with trans and gender-diverse people, I have observed the multiple ways that non-binary people are invisiblized within our society, with negative impacts on their health and well-being. This is a positive step towards recognizing and affirming the humanity of those British Columbians who don’t identify as male or female,” says Dr. Marria Townsend, medical director, Trans Care BC.
Attorney General David Eby says the lack of an alternative for those who don’t identify as male or female has resulted in cases that were being considered at the Human Rights Tribunal.
“This change is a step in the right direction to promote inclusivity for all people in British Columbia,” says Eby.