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Trepidations in passport gender marker change [Jan. 20th, 2013|10:38 pm]
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I have been having a wild time trying to change my passport gender. Can anybody help?

Unfortunately the Ontario vs. XY decision from last year does not help me, since I was born outside of Canada. The gender on my citizenship card is what dictates the gender on my passport. And the requirement to change the gender on the citizenship card is, you guessed it, a surgeon's letter. It has to say "gender reassignment surgery" and that the person is now anatomically male.

1) has anybody gotten their gender marker changed (on either birth certificate or citizenship card) with a surgery that is a hysterectomy or top surgery? I have heard this is possible; would the surgeon's letter just have to be vague or something?

2) Bigger problems

I applied for a new citizenship card after having my name changed about 3 years ago, and it processed fairly quickly. But, I was an idiot and I never forwarded/picked up my mail from my old residence. So my roommate had it returned to sender and I had to apply again for the same thing. This time it's been processing about 1.5 years, and has been transfered to a special unit called the Program Support Unit. Apparently, this is where they send applications that are special / suspect in some way, and there is no guaranteed processing time once this happens. I've read in forums that it takes years, although that was for immigration applications and not trans related.
So whenever that gets finished, I will have a citizenship card with the right name and wrong gender. At that point I can apply yet again, with a surgeon's letter, and in 6-12 months I'll have the right gender printed. Then I can apply the change to my passport, which will only take a few weeks.
Do I have this right here? Is there any way to possibly speed this up?

Thank you in advance.

Crossposted to transcanada

From: tyresias
2013-08-03 05:57 am (UTC)
If you haven't found the answer to your questions, I'd contact Olimpia from Express oboido(at)sherbourne(dot)on(dot)ca and Lisa Gore LGBT Newcomer Program Coordinator lgore(at)the519(dot)org, they've helped many other trans newcomers.
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[User Picture]From: from_bohemia
2013-09-10 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hi, I've since gotten it sorted out. But thank you for the resource!
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From: (Anonymous)
2013-09-10 08:47 pm (UTC)
are you still looking to do this?
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[User Picture]From: from_bohemia
2013-09-10 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hi, I've since finally received the approved citizenship certificate (still says F) and (independently) got my passport changed to M with a letter from top surgery. All's well, but thanks!
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