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Parents Of Transgender Children Sue To Get ‘Archaic’ Gender Removed From Birth Certificates

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Parents of transgender children attended a hearing Monday at a superior court to get the “archaic” gender category removed from birth certificates in Canada.

Fran Forsberg, who has a transgender child, as well as parents of two other transgender children, submitted a statement of claims, asking that the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatchewan review their complaint, according to 570 News. Forsberg, who called gender “archaic,” took this route after appealing to the Human Rights Condition in 2013 and not receiving a decision.

“It doesn’t state who they truly are,” said Forsberg of her children’s IDs. Saskatchewan’s Vital Statistics Agency declined to change the sex designation of one of Forsberg’s children from “male” to “female” on the child’s birth certificate, according to CBC. Forsberg’s other child identifies as “gender-fluid” and “two-spirited.”

“We are doing this to make the world a safer place for kids, to educate people, to educate our government,” said the parent. “It’s going to start a conversation about gender and acceptable of people that are different than ourselves.”

“This government needs to take responsibility for this, they need to move on it now, it needs to be settled,” said Forsberg to 570 News. The parent implied that children are killing themselves over gender designation. “It does not need to be dragged on and there is no reason for it to do so.”

Jordyn Dyck, the child of one of the other parents suing, uses the “they” pronoun and identifies as “non-binary” or “agender,” according to CBC. His father, Dustin, thinks the 14-year-old would have suffered less bullying if gender had not appeared on the birth certificate.

“Kids who do not identify as the gender they are born] are hurting themselves because they’re not able to change their gender marker,” said the elder Dyck.

David Arnot, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission chief commissioner, stated that there were reasonable grounds for a verdict in favor of Forsberg and decide that gender designations infringe upon her child’s rights.

“In Canada, neither the Courts nor the judiciary provide comment on cases,” said Dawn Blaus, courts communication officer for Saskatchewan Law Courts, to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The case has been argued in Court of Queen’s Bench, and Justice Jennifer Pritchard’s decision is reserved.”

TheDCNF reached out to Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Commission for comment, but received none in time for publication.

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