sex change | Quebec will not mandate genital surgery in its bill

(Quebec) People undergoing a legal sex reassignment process do not have to undergo surgery to alter their genitals.

Posted at 11:00 am

Jocelyn Richer
The Canadian Press

The detailed study of Bill 2, which proposes an imposing reform of family law, began on Tuesday with the backslide on gender identity and gender announced by Attorney General Simon Jolin-Barrette.

In his opening remarks, the minister confirmed that amendments would change controversial articles included in the bill tabled on October 21.

She therefore removes from the law the requirement to undergo genital surgery in order to have the right to change the gender designation in official state documents.

Originally there were supposed to be two mentions: sex and gender, which could be distinguished from each other, which had sparked the anger of the LGBTQ community, dismayed at the idea of ​​seeing transgender people forced to disclose their situation to all circumstances.

“We come today with concrete solutions to the concerns you have raised,” the minister said at the outset to members of this community, undertaking the detailed study of his draft law, a powerful and complex 116-page document containing more than 360 articles on various sensitive issues , including gender and gender identity.

There are only four weeks of parliamentary work left to consider and pass this bill, which could normally take months of work given its complexity and scope. Elected officers must therefore work hard during the current term to achieve the goal.

“Surgery’s obligation to change gender designation will be removed entirely from Bill 2,” argued the minister.

Ultimately, therefore, there will only be one mention on the civil status documents in order to avoid “unwanted disclosure situations”.

Bill 2 casts a wide net and addresses several issues including recognition of non-binary persons and parents, surveillance of surrogate mothers, rules of descent, presumption of paternity for de facto spouses, family violence and parental deprivation, disclosure of information to adopted children and recognition of the right of the child born of a surrogate mother to knowledge of its origin.

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