Target: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Adopt a third, gender-neutral option on official government identification.
Canada has announced its intentions to explore gender-neutral options for government IDs such as drivers’ licenses and passports. The plan is still in the early stages, so sign the petition and encourage the government to move forward with this groundbreaking policy.
The news of a possible gender-neutral ID option comes on the heels of Ontario’s implementation of a third gender option, X, for drivers’ licenses, and just after Justin Trudeau made history by being the first Canadian prime minister to march in the Gay Pride Parade. It also follows the loosening of restrictions on gay men’s ability to donate blood. In such a pro-LGBTQ atmosphere, the possibility of an official, country-wide recognition of non-gender-conforming people has never seemed more attainable.
Canada would not be the first country to official recognize non-binary people. Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal all offer the gender-neutral X for official identification papers. Canada is examining a number of options for potentially implementing a gender neutral option, with the ultimate goal being increased inclusivity for “people whose gender identity does not match the binary standard,” a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister’s Office said.
While this is all incredibly promising, the plan is still in its infancy and could be swayed by public opinion and support. Sign the petition and encourage the Canadian government to adopt the gender-neutral X as a third option on government-issued identification.
Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for plans to include a gender-neutral option on government-issued IDs. Your administration has already done much to support the rights of LGBTQ Canadians, and I urge you to follow through with this historic move.
If it were to adopt a gender-neutral ID policy, Canada would join three other countries — Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal — in issuing official government identification that recognizes non-binary people. Such a move can go a long way toward swaying public opinion and legitimizing the rights of non-gender-conforming people. Additionally, gender neutral IDs would allow many people to express their identities in ways that have long been denied them.
Canada has a chance to make history and pursue the course of justice. I urge you to embrace this opportunity, and join Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal in setting an example for the rest of the world to follow.
[Your Name Here]
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