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A legal challenge to institutional violence against trans* people

in CANADA, 30/11/2013

The Centre for Gender Advocacy announced Wednesday that they will be challenging the Quebec Civil Code in Quebec’s Superior Court. Article 71 of the Code stipulates that a trans* person must be over the age of 18, a Canadian citizen, and have undergone a sex reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on official government identification. The Centre is calling for these three stipulations to be abolished.

“The Quebec Civil Code attaches sexual organs to gender, which in turn attaches certain stereotypes,” said Marc-Antoine Cloutier, executive director of the legal clinic Juripop, in French.

“These laws cause deaths, we should not forget that. When you impose a law like this, you force trans* people to out themselves to everyone.”

The Centre asserts that the law is discriminatory against trans* people. According to Gabrielle Bouchard, Peer Support and Trans* Advocacy Coordinator at the Centre, the law sends the wrong message to trans* youth.

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