In addition to the traditional "F" and "M" categories designating gender on administrative documents, Canada will soon be adding an "X" option – a victory for gender-neutral folks who have been fighting to be officially recognized for years.
Adopted by the Canadian government on August 24, the provisional measure will allow individuals who identify as neither male nor female to select a gender-neutral option on official documents. The measure will go into effect starting August 31.
"By introducing an ‘X’ gender designation in our government-issued documents, we are taking an important step towards advancing equality for all Canadians regardless of gender identity or expression,” said Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, in a statement.
Canada is not the first country to recognize a third gender. Germany, Australia, New Zealand and India have all implemented measures to recognize citizens who are intersex.