Joshua Ferguson, who identifies as neither a man nor a woman and uses the gender-neutral pronoun ‘they,’ says receiving a birth certificate that accurately represents their gender was a hard-fought victory.
An Ontario-born filmmaker has been issued what they say is the province’s first non-binary birth certificate after a year-long legal battle with the government, and says receiving the document marks a victory for the non-binary and transgender community. Joshua M. Ferguson, who identifies as neither a man nor a woman and uses the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” returned home from a trip abroad to find the birth certificate in the mail last week. “I’m feeling good to finally have my birth certificate that correctly displays who I am,” the 35-year-old said over the phone from their home in Vancouver.
“This moment not only reaffirms who we are, and our protection under the law in Ontario and in Canada, but it’s a relief because we are counted. That’s quite an incredible feeling, because it makes it clear that we exist.”
Last August, the federal government announced a plan to start offering a gender-neutral option on passports.