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Hunger strike for gender marker: Manon Massé requests rapid intervention

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Manon Massé does not agree with the hunger strike led by Alexe Frédéric Migneault, but says she understands her demands. (Archive photo)

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The minister responsible for the fight against homophobia and transphobia, Martine Biron, should devote all her time to enforcing the law that allows trans and non-binary people to modify their sex marker with Quebec government organizations, believes the co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire, Manon Massé.

The latter is surprised to see that Alexe Frédéric Migneault, a non-binary person, has still not heard from the government, even though they have been on a hunger strike for 5 days in front of the offices of the Régie de l'assurance santé (RAMQ), in Quebec, in order to obtain a health insurance card conforming to one's gender identity.

Alexe is a suffering person. My fear is that there will be others who join them and that it creates a movement.

A quote from Manon Massé, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire

Manon Massé believes that the rights of hundreds of non-binary people are currently being violated in Quebec because the departments and agencies are not yet up to date.

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Alexe Frédéric Migneault is an officially non-binary person in the eyes of the Quebec state, but not in the eyes of the RAMQ. (File photo)

At the beginning of the fall, the RAMQ stated that 359 people had applied to obtain sex marker X on their health insurance card.

I cannot believe that we cannot respect the law that we are passing, denounces the member for Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques .

Adopted in June 2022 unanimously in the National Assembly, this law recognizes, among other things, the non-binary mention X as gender identification on official documents of the Quebec state, rather than M or F.

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More and more government forms allow people to identify as non-binary. (Archive photo)

By not having a health insurance card consistent with his identity, Alexe Frédéric Migneault claims to have to constantly correct information to his file and undergo transphobic comments.

This is his fourth hunger strike in less than a year, on the same subject .

Called to react to the comments of Manon Massé, the office of the minister responsible for the fight against homophobia and transphobia affirms that it is a question of a moving file and the important thing is that we offer this person all the support they need.

To Midi info showFriday, the minister affirmed that a team from the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale will see [Alexe] and communicate with him regularly since Monday. The latter, however, assures that this is false.

The MP for Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, Martine Biron, in an interview at Midi info

The CIUSSS maintains that it was only informed of the situation on Wednesday and says it is ready to intervene and able to offer psychosocial and clinical support as well as referrals according to the needs of the person.

The minister also maintained that leaders of the Rainbow Alliance are going to meet him to try to convince him to stop his hunger strike, which was corrected by the president of the organization's board of directors.

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The MP for Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, Martine Biron.

I was surprised [to hear that]. Perhaps my words were misreported or misunderstood. I met Alexe to understand his demands. We are behind him. I would like him to end his strike, but he considers it so important that I don't want to discourage him, specifies Dave Tremblay.

Son organization says it is monitoring the situation closely and does not rule out the idea of ​​making itself visible in the coming days because the more days pass, the more urgent the situation becomes.

With information from Alexandre Duval and the collaboration of Audrey Paris

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