QUEBEC — Whether Quebec officials realize it or not — and they probably do — they seem to have settled the contentious issue of which bathroom non-op transgender people can use.
The province’s relaxed regulations, mentioned in the preceding post, allow trans people to change their sex designation on documentation with nothing more than the individual signing a declaration stating he or she will live in that gender role.
In other words, a person assigned male at birth who self-identifies as a female can now simply declare she is female, and her documentation will be changed to reflect that. She will be recognized as female, even if she retains her male bits and doesn’t take estrogen.
And, of course, that F designation on her documentation allows her to use female sex-segregated facilities.
And therein lies the genius behind Quebec’s relaxed regulation. No more debate on the bathroom and dressing room issues. If you say you are a woman and present as one, then all you need to do is officially change your designation, and you’re free to use those facilities.
But if you are a “cross-dresser” who doesn’t want to change your sex designation from M to F, then you use male facilities — though Quebec hasn’t exactly spelled that out. But it makes sense, yes? It is not illegal for men to wear dresses and still identify as men. There is no reason why they can’t use men’s facilities.
In other words, besides making life easier for trans people, Quebec seems to be telling them that if they want to use female sex-segregated facilities (and vice versa for FtM people), change your designation. They’ve made it easy to do.
Bathroom debate settled.
Incidentally, they have also made federal legislation, i.e. Bill C-279, irrelevant. If you have an F on your documentation, federal facilities must recognize you as a woman regardless of what is between your legs.
(Photo credit: Quebec flags, from Wikimedia Commons)
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