Friday, February 10, 2012

Canada's Transport Committee Upholds Potentially Trans Discriminatory Canadian Air Travel Regs

North of the border the battle for trans human rights has been focused on a problematic change in Canadian air travel regulations that has the potential to bar some trans people in the Great White North from traveling on airplanes.

Sec 5.2(1)(c) of the ID screening regs of Aeronautics Act "An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents."

The fight against the regulation moved to Ottawa and the Transport Committee.

In a glaring example Canadian trans people of why elections matter to marginalized communities, NDP MP Olivia Chow's motion to rescind the problematic regulation was defeated on a 6-5 vote with all the Conservafools voting NO and the Liberals and NDP members voting YES to rescind it.

Your next step may be to apply for a sex unspecific Canadian passport which meets International Civil Aviation Organization standards and Transport Canada claims they are in compliance with. 

Stay tuned.  This is going to get interesting.

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