‘X’ gender identity now recognized on government ID

British Columbians who do not identify as male or female will have the choice to display an X as a third option in the gender field of their B.C.-issued driver’s licence, identity card, birth certificate and BC Services Card.

“Since last summer, we have been working on changes to government documents in recognition and respect of people who do not identify as male or female,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Including the X gender designation on key ID is an important step in this.”

The ministries of Health, Citizens’ Services and Attorney General have worked together to include an X designation option on government-issued identification documents. This option came into effect on Nov. 1, 2018.

“We are taking action to move British Columbia into the 21st century when it comes to gender identity,” said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “This is a step in the right direction to ensure that identity documents better reflect identity. It is the right thing to do.”

“The lack of an alternative for those who do not identify with the male or female designation has previously resulted in cases that were being considered at the Human Rights Tribunal,” said David Eby, Attorney General. “This change is a step in the right direction to promote inclusivity for all people in British Columbia.”

The ministries are also exploring the next steps required to move to a non-medical model of gender identification to advance equity and inclusivity.

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