A transgender 12-year-old in Alberta has been awarded a new birth certificate, marking the first recognition of a trans person in the province without surgery.
Alberta law previously stated that trans people must have reassignment surgery before their gender can be legally recognised – while simultaneously stating people must be 18 before they are eligible for reassignment surgery – leaving trans youth locked out entirely.
12-year-old Wren Kauffman was initially denied the certificate last year, leading him and his family to file a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
However, after a judge ruled that the surgery requirement was unlawful, Kauffman was finally able to receive his new birth certificate on Sunday.
He was presented with his new certificate by the Mayor of Alberta, during a Pride month event.
Kauffman said last year: “If you’re not yourself, then it kind of gets sad and depressing… I’m glad that I told everybody.”