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Alexe Frédéric Migneault says he is ready to go through with his hunger strike, “at the risk of [ s]his life”.

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“No email. No texting. No call. No visits. Nothing at all. » No one in the government has yet responded to messages from Alexe Frédéric Migneault, a non-binary person who has been on a hunger strike since Monday in the hope of obtaining a health insurance card consistent with his gender identity.

It's not for lack of trying, however. Alexe Frédéric has written to the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, as well as to the Minister responsible for the Fight against homophobia, Martine Biron, but without success until now.

Alexe Frédéric also sent an email to the Régie de l'assurance santé du Québec (RAMQ) and spends most of his days in the Bois-de-Coulonges park, right next to the RAMQ premises in Quebec, in the hope that management will deign to go see him.

There is no one who gives me any sign of life. It’s a bit like shouting into the void, explains Alexe Frédéric, 32, originally from Montreal, who has been sleeping in his car since the beginning of the week to continue his fight in Quebec.

I feel neglected, ignored, abandoned. I feel like the entire [LGBTQ+] community is suffering right now.

I find it especially deafening to what extent the government shows indifference. I'm not asking for much, I'm not asking for anything new either. This is something that has been done in several other provinces.

A quote from Alexe Frédéric Migneault

From a legal point of view, Alexe Frédéric is recognized as a non-binary person by the director of civil status of Quebec since last January, as evidenced by his certificate of change of sex designation, which bears the letter >However, government ministries and agencies, including the RAMQ, are slow to adapt their own documents, which regularly creates barriers for Alexe Frédéric in his exchanges with the health network, in particular.

This is why Alexe Frédéric is trying everything possible with this hunger strike in order to challenge the public authorities, especially since the bill allowing trans and non-binary people to obtain the sex marker X was adopted a year and a half ago in Quebec.

Tolerating hunger is not the worst thing, it is more the weakness that causes it. follows. And somewhere too, the feeling of fighting against something so much stronger than me but which has so much control over my life and of just being stuck like that all alone in a dead end.

A quote from Alexe Frédéric Migneault

In the office of Minister Martine Biron, we confirm having received a letter from Alexe Frédéric this week. We will take note of it first, says Catherine Boucher, the minister's press secretary.

We are very sensitive to the situation. We are in contact with the CIUSSS, the Rainbow Alliance and the RAMQ to ensure that we offer him the necessary [support], writes Ms. Boucher, although Alexe Frédéric denies having had any contact either with the health network since the start of his hunger strike.

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Martine Biron, Minister responsible for the Fight against homophobia and transphobia

We recognize that this is an important situation that the government must think about more broadly, indicates for his part Antoine de la Durantaye, press secretary to the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé. We will continue the work with Minister Martine Biron.

For Alexe Frédéric, however, the absence of dialogue remains a mystery. I’m sure we can find a solution together […]. Once it's done, it'll be over.

We don't is not that scary. Don't be afraid to answer me. I can't wait to talk to you. I can't wait until we can resolve this together.

A quote from Alexe Frédéric Migneault

Alexe Frédéric would also like to send the following message: allowing the marker Quebec. This fall, RAMQ received a total of 359 requests for this purpose across the province.

As the health insurance card constitutes the gateway to health care in Quebec, it is necessary to fully understand the impact of any potential change on the information it presents as part of the continuum of services offered, indicates the spokesperson for the RAMQ, Caroline Dupont.

This is why the RAMQ is waiting for the study of the clinical impacts of the MSSS before carrying out any modification, she adds.

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The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé

Ms. Dupont recalls that an interministerial committee set up several months ago must provide guidance on the subject of sex marker X for government ministries and agencies. The RAMQ will act based on the recommendations issued.

However, Minister Martine Biron's office is still not able to say when the committee will be able to deliver his conclusions.

In this context, Alexe Frédéric intends to see his hunger strike through to the end. I'm not letting go until it unlocks […], at the risk of my life.

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