Agree or Disagree: Removing Gender from Birth Certificates


A group of nine activists, including the The Trans Alliance Society, have filed a human rights complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

They are requesting that remove gender from birth certificates. The reason? They feel that it is discriminatory towards transgender people.

You can read the article here. However, I would like to give you a portion of this for you to consider.

People who are legally assigned one gender, but identify with another, face a range of discrimination, the complainants argue. They say legally assigning gender at birth also hurts intersex children and people who don’t conform to male or female gender norms.

“Having a misgendered birth certificate guarantees that trans or intersex or gender nonconforming children will suffer grief when they go to school, humiliation when they apply for a driver’s license, and discrimination and danger in every other circumstance where someone wants them to ‘prove’ their gender,” according to a statement from the group.

Now, there will be some that will instantly disagree and resist this. So, I would like to ask this question.

Why would something like this be important? As a straight man, I admit when I first saw this, I was surprised. I never really thought about it helping. How would something like this be beneficial?

And do you Agree or Disagree that removing gender from birth certificates would prevent discrimination from transgendered people?

Agree or Disagree: The Transgender Bill (Bill 279) gives rights to a “special group of people”


Agree or Disagree: The Transgender Bill (Bill 279) gives rights to a “special group of people”

“I think there is a sort of betrayal of social conservative values with this trend,

“I think we crossed over lines here. It all comes down to society just not wanting to take a stand on anything because of the fear of looking somehow prejudice.

“We’ve really gone too far with this hate speech.”

Jim Blake, Concerned Christians of Canada.

From the article above, I find it quite interesting the perspective that Jim Blake and the Concerned Christians of Canada have given in regards to Bill 279

 

From this quote, I have a few takeaways of it.

 

First of all, it seems that the Concerned Christians of Canada are more concerned about promoting a particular “value system” then they are with the actual issue of discrimination at hand.  I have not heard the CCC, or many churches for that matter, speak on issues of LGBT youth being bullied in schools.  Or a recent statistic that 40% of LGBT youth that are homeless is due to the fact that they have been disowned by their parents. As a “Concerned Christian”myself, I find these statistics quite heartbreaking.

 

Second of all, and really this is quite fascinating is the person speaking on this issue. Jim Blake seems to be a good friend of Street Church in Calgary. Street Church has been in an actual debate with the City of Calgary about what they have been allowed to do. Street Church have filmed documentaries and called on Christians to support them as they feel they are being discriminated against.

For those who are concerned that Bill 279 is simply a “bathroom bill” as MP Rob Anders has suggested, Silvia Patel has written this article giving the perspective from the transgender community on the Bill. Which you can read here.

http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2013/03/transgender-bill-supported-by-alberta-trans-advocates/

From his viewpoint, this is what Blake continues to say.

Why don’t we just say everybody has the right to be treated well. “They should not have threats against their lives because of choices that they are making that are legal and legitimate. But do we have to keep carving up the legislation and making these special groups of people. Or can we just say that people are human beings and worthy of dignity and respect.

I leave you with two questions.

1)Does this bill give “A special group of people” rights?

2) Why does it seem that when issues or bills like this come up that could support a group that feels discriminated against, that some Christian groups stand against it? Yet at the same time, they will remain silent on the actual treatment that has happened to the group?

Because as a “Concerned Christian”, that really bothers me.