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Ontario Tribunal Decision on Vital Statistics Act surgery requirement

Ontario Tribunal Decision on Vital Statistics Act surgery requirement

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HUMANRIGHTSTRIBUNALOFONTARIO
BETWEEN:
Xy
ApplicantHerMajestytheQueeninRightofOntarioasRepresentedbytheMinisterofGovernmentandConsumerServicesRespondent
-and-
OntarioHumanRightsCommissionIntervenor
DECISION
Adjudicator:
SheriD.Price
Date:
April11,20122009-01326-1
ileNumber:Citation:
2012HRTO726
Indexedas:XYv.Ontario(GovernmentandConsumerServices)
 
APPEARANCES
XV,ApplicantHerMajestytheQueeninRightofOntarioasrepresentedbytheMinisterofGovernmentandConsumerServices,RespondentOntarioHumanRightsCommission,Intervenor
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)SusanUrsel,Counsel,andSamanthaScott,Student-at-LawSeanHanleyandDarrenThorne,Counsel,andDavidDuggins,Student-at-LawAnthonyGriffin,Counsel(writtensubmissionsonly)
 
INTRODUCTION
[1]Since1978,the
VitalStatisticsAct,
R.S.O.1990,c.VA("the
VSA")
hasprovidedthatinorderforapersontoobtainabirthcertificatewithasexdesignationotherthantheoneassignedtohimorheratbirth,heorshemustundergo"transsexualsurgery"andprovidetherespondentwithmedicalcertificatesfromtwodoctorscertifyingthat"transsexualsurgery"wasperformedonthepersonandthatasaresultofthesurgery,thesexdesignationontheperson'sregistrationofbirthshouldbechanged(s.36).[2]Otherthanthroughs.36ofthe
VSA,
atransgenderedpersoncannotobtainanOntariobirthcertificatebearingasexdesignationthataccordswithhisorhergenderidentity.[3]Theapplicantidentifiesherselfasamale-to-femaletransgenderedperson,atransgenderedwoman.Theapplicantallegesthat,onFebruary4,2008,sheunderwentabilateralorchiectomy(i.e.removalofbothtestes)inordertoallowhertoobtainachangeinsexdesignationonherbirthcertificate,whichaccordedwithherfemalegenderidentity.[4]Theapplicantlaterappliedtotherespondentwiththerequisitemedicalcertificatesforachangeinsexdesignationonherbirthregistration(andcorrespondinglyherbirthcertificate)pursuanttos.36ofthe
VSA.
Theapplicant'srequestwasgrantedbytherespondentandonNovember28,2008,therespondentissuedtheapplicantabirthcertificateindicatingthathersexwasfemale.[5]Theapplicantcontendsthattherequirementthatshehaveandcertifythatshehad"transsexualsurgery"inordertoobtainabirthcertificatewhichaccordedwithhergenderidentityinfringedherrighttoequaltreatmentwithoutdiscriminationonthebasisofsexand/ordisabilitywithrespecttoservicescontrarytos.1ands.11ofthe
Code.
Theargumentthattherespondentdiscriminatedagainstheronthebasisofdisability,however,isadvancedinthealternativewithsomereluctanceontheapplicant'spart,because,notwithstandingthatshehasbeendiagnosedwithGenderIdentityDisorder

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