The Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Geneviève Guilbault. (File photo)
A few weeks ago, the president of the Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights called on the government to act as quickly as possible on this issue so that the true gender identity of trans and non-binary people can be recognized. on their cards.
Since 2022 in Quebec, people who identify as neither male nor female can legally obtain the sex marker “X” from the Director of Civil Status. However, government departments and agencies are slow to adapt to this new reality.
This issue made the headlines at the end of the last year, due to a hunger strike led by Alexe Frédéric Migneault, a non-binary person who is fighting to have his true gender identity recognized by the Régie de l'assurance santé du Québec (RAMQ).
Expanding the X marker across all government identification documents poses significant challenges. We are working to find solutions, indicated the office of the minister responsible for the fight against homophobia and transphobia, Martine Biron.
Informed of the situation with the SAAQ, Alexe Frédéric Migneault sees it as proof that the apparent difficulty of ministries and organizations in recognizing the sex marker “X” has nothing to do with technology or administration, but rather with politics.
I am completely discouraged to see that the people in power are holding a iron fist on this progress, under the pretext that their prejudices, their preconceived ideas towards trans and non-binary people are stronger than our rights and the injustices we suffer.
A quote from Alexe Frédéric Migneault
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Alexe Frédéric Migneault is legally non-binary in the eyes of the Director of Civil Status, but this is still not reflected on his driving license and his health insurance card.
Having still not managed to obtain a RAMQ card with the correct sex marker, Alexe Frédéric plans to begin a new hunger strike on January 30.
RAMQ says that at the beginning of last fall, 359 people had requested a health insurance card with the sex marker “X”.