Alberta gives new birth certificate to 12-year-old boy who was born a girl


Alberta gives new birth certificate to 12-year-old boy who was born a girl

EDMONTON – A 12-year-old transgender Alberta boy has been granted a new birth certificate that recognizes him as male.

Wren Kauffman was presented with the new document on Sunday in Edmonton during a Pride festival brunch hosted by the city’s mayor.

The province’s culture minister, Heather Klimchuk, made the presentation.

A spokesperson for the minister says the new certificate simply has a “M” instead of an “F.”

Kauffman had filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission over the inability to change the sex on his birth certificate.

Alberta law states that transgender persons must have reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their birth certificates, but Premier Dave Hancock said in April that the surgery requirement will be dropped.

Wren, who was born a girl, had said it was stressful being listed as female.

A week after Hancock made the announcement, a judge ruled that the Alberta law dealing with birth certificates violates the rights of transgender people.

In the 1970s, most provinces changed their laws so people could change their birth certificates after sex reassignment surgery. The revision left out transgender children, because people must be at least 18 to be eligible for the surgery.

Ontario revised its law following a human rights tribunal ruling in 2012 that declared it discriminatory to require an actual sex-change operation for a transgender woman who wanted to switch to female from male on her birth certificate.

It now allows a change with a note from a doctor or psychologist testifying to a person’s “gender identity,” but the province set an age limit of 18 and over and said it needed more time to consider the issue.

Other human rights complaints have also been filed in at least three other provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.


Hmm… I am not sure how I feel about this. If someone is living full-time as the sex not listed on their birth certificate, and their doctor(s) can verify that they are on track to receive the surgery, then I can see the wisdom of allowing the change in the sex marker.

However, I think a 12 year old may be too young to make such a commitment. Besides, doesn’t a public ceremony, which is advertised in the press, kind of undermine the goal of changing the sex marker? If everyone knows that an individual was born as a girl, does changing the birth certificate to male really make a difference.

At this stage, wouldn’t changing the first name make more sense? The name “Wren” is feminine and will raise questions in the minds of others. This will prompt them to scrutinize the individual more closely, possibly blowing their cover. I am thinking that the boy may be better off choosing a name which is more traditionally male.


I have heard it all now; changing the sex on a birth certificate to match one’s perceived sex?

What next?


Transgender aside…12??? Seriously?

Some 12 year olds want to be princesses should we change their title from Miss to HRH?


Politicians falling over themselves to be viewed as “politically correct” by constituents. We live in that awkward political age when peer pressure means everything and politicians will do everything to avoid being perceived as “different” by voters. Courage, leadership and reason have abdicated and we are left with the bland leading the blind.


I haven’t read the decision but if this decision allows a person to modify the sex on their birth certificate based solely on their perception and a simple doctir’s note that is a big time slippery slop, specially at 12. At which point you put limits on it? I don’t think too many people have thought about all the repercutions this decision may have.


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