Oh Canada! New Regulations Ban Pre-Op Trans People From Air Travel
The recently elected conservative government of Canada has taken another step towards degrading the rights of LGBTQ citizens with the recent inclusion of a clause banning trans folks from flying in Canada. The clause is part of the ‘Identity Screening Regulations’ used in airports throughout Canada.
The ‘Identity Screening Regulations’ are the equivalent of the ‘No Fly List’ in America, a document which outlines and names specific individuals and and acts which are considered a threat to commercial air travel.
The offending section of the regulations reads:
It is important to note that the Identity Screening Regulations are a set of rules implemented unilaterally by the Ministry of Transportation and not legislation that would have been voted on in the House and Senate. The Minister of Transportation is Denis Lebel, a federal Conservative MP appointed by Stephen Harper.
If you aren’t happy with this discrimination against trans folks by the Canadian government you should shoot an email to Mr. Lebel which you can do here.
(via Chris Milloy)