Stockholm, 31 January 2012
We have been notified of a change in Canadian law that seems to be truly transphobic in a terrifying way. As far as we can judge from this new text, submitted below, there is no question about the fact that this new law will permanently and without any hesitation ground an enormous part of the transgender population of Canada, and also visitors to that nation who are transgendered. Individuals who are being put at risk of severe mistreatment and who will be at the hands of grave legal uncertainty.
This will, surely, signal a new era of discrimination, possible hate crimes and harassment by airport personel, air crews and other passengers.
We cannot help but be totally astounded at this new development. It is disturbing to know that, beyond the less than positive attitude toward transgender people of both national and state governments, care givers and others which have been problematic toward a lot of gender variant people for a long time; this is a scenario that will mean that a huge part of this population will not be able to leave the country for any reason, nor travel domestically with any air carrier operating within or in connection with Canadian soil. We also notice that the majority part of the transgender population of the World are no longer welcome in Canada, regardless of citizenship. There is no other way to interpret this than a major provocation toward the entire transgender population of the World and also toward any other nation where trans variant people are acknowledged.
We would have the Canadian government immediately explain what the plan is, regarding this human rights abuse towards this already marginalized group. We demand answers and we demand this aeronautic act be withdrawn and revised in accordance to international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
President, New Renaissance Board of Operations
Original article cited below:
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Admittedly, I’ve spent hours trying to google some sense into this without finding satisfying results. It is clear, however, that a look at the updated Aeronautics Act regs at the Canadian Department of Justice website raises a few eyebrows, particularly this one:
“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.”
This would make it difficult, if not impossible for pre-op or transiting people to board planes.
There is more we need to find out here and is not much else available to report other than what I’ve stated. I suspect there will more to come later and I will update this post.
Thank you to Lexie Cannes and Torbjörn Jerlerup for the tip.