Canada: Trans boy awarded new birth certificate

Canada: Trans boy awarded new birth certificate

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 18 June 2014 13:11 Written by // Cec Busby

In a breakthrough for transgender rights in Canada, a 12-year-old transgender boy, Wren Kauffman, has been awarded a new birth certificate recognising him as a male.

The birth certificate was awarded after the boy’s family filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission requesting the government recognise their son’s gender status as male.

The Alberta mayor presented the boy with his new documentation during a special brunch held as part of Pride month.

Last year Kaufmann came out as transgender in an interview on CBC News,  he commented: "If you're not yourself, then it kind of gets sad and depressing. I'm glad that I told everybody.”

Previously transgender people were required to have reassignment surgery before they could have their gender status changed on their birth certificate, but following the Kauffmann’s complaint a local court judge struck down the law as a violation of human rights.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

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