Starting August 31st, new passports will be issued with gender listed as female, male, and now … ‘X’.
The federal government is moving toward allowing individuals to express their gender as they choose; those who do not identify as female or male can use the designator ‘X’, rather than ‘M’ or ‘F’ until documents with an ‘X’ option can be printed.
Reaction has been mixed; some positive –
I’m so happy to put an X on my next passport!!! https://t.co/9L4tp8nPez
— Sarah Beech (@Photochickee) August 25, 2017
X-cellent⚡️ “Canadians can choose 'X' as a passport gender marker”https://t.co/5Ssi0ePtYx
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@nycyonce) August 25, 2017
I'll renew my passport w/ an "X":
1) I identify as genderqueer
2) In solidarity of non-binary people
3) Sex should not be on passports
— Shanon Ya-ya Page (@ybpages) August 25, 2017
We’re definitely not the first country to do this:
Canada Introduces ‘X’ as a 3d Sex Category for Passport. Joins Bangladsh, Germany, India, Malta, Nepal, N Zealand… https://t.co/bq7fpYGeYT
— Jonathan Kimmelman (@KimmelmanJ) August 25, 2017
Some have pointed out the potential danger in having an ‘X’ on your passport:
I wouldn't want an X on my passport. I don't want people in other countries knowing I'm trans. Some aren't very nice to trans people.
— Transgender Rights (@TransRightsMOVE) August 25, 2017
Have they considered the HUGE problem that this will cause Canadians when traveling overseas?
— Roberto Echeverria (@RobertoRiyadh) August 24, 2017
Or potential cost to taxpayers –
As long as no tax dollars are used to assist an "X" citizen who gets rejected from countries who don't accept their passport, all good.
— Mumbo Jumbo (@Martini_Wisdom) August 25, 2017
Some simply do not agree with this policy:
For what? Male, Female and X-Man? This gender thing is out of hand. Do a DNA test. It will be male or female. There is no third.
— Darren Murphy (@darphylfc) August 25, 2017