In Saskatchewan, the mother of a six-year-old transgender boy has a filed a complaint with the provincial Human Rights Commission demanding the removal of all information documenting anyone’s sex on every birth certificate because her son likes to wear girls clothing.
The mom is Fran Forsberg. Her son Renn was born with male genitalia—and, by all accounts, still has it.
At the same time, the boy has identified as a girl since he was a just three-year-old lad, reports CBC News.
Forsberg originally tried to convince Saskatchewan’s Vital Statistics Agency to change the sex designation on Renn’s birth certificate from “male” to “female.”
Provincial officials declined to make the change because, under Saskatchewan law, gender markers on birth certificates can only be changed when a person has undergone sex reassignment surgery.
Forsberg wasn’t happy because, she argues, confusion and discrimination can result when sex designations on official documents don’t match the way someone looks with clothes on.
“We used to have race on our birth certificates—also, what your father did for a living. It’s irrelevant,” the litigious mom told CBC News. “What I would like to see is for gender to be removed completely from birth certificates.”
The case could ultimately have ramifications across Canada because, while birth certificates are governed by provincial law, Canada’s federal government requires birth certificates for passports.
Forsberg explained that Renn began to express feminine characteristics about three years ago. He’d bang his head against a wall if he couldn’t wear girls clothing and people didn’t refer to him as a girl.
These days, Renn’s 11-year-old sister helps him select various outfits to wear—a snappy dress with black sequins, perhaps, or a fancy pink gown.
At his elementary school, Renn is allowed to use the girls’ bathroom.
Forsberg stressed her belief in the importance of self-esteem.
“I don’t want my kids to think they have something to hide or they have something to be ashamed about,” Forsberg told CBC News.
“I want people to understand that my kids do not have an issue with their gender or their gender expression,” she added. “It is society’s issue.”