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Vital change in Newfoundland and Labrador birth certificates

Transgender activist Gemma Hickey of St. John’s stands with her lawyer, Brittany Whalen, outside the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s on Thursday before heading to the province’s Vital Statistics Division in Mount Pearl.
Transgender activist Gemma Hickey of St. John’s stands with their lawyer, Brittany Whalen, outside the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s on Thursday before heading to the province’s Vital Statistics Division in Mount Pearl. - Joe Gibbons

Transgender activist Gemma Hickey of St. John’s and their lawyer, Brittany Whalen, went to the province’s Vital Statistics Division in Mount Pearl on Thursday.

Earlier, they were at Supreme Court to inform the presiding judge of intentions to withdraw an application to challenge the province regarding Hickey’s desire to obtain a gender-neutral birth certificate.

Individuals wishing to apply for a gender-neutral birth certificate can now access the required forms on the Service NL website. Service NL made a policy change in September to allow individuals to choose an X on their birth certificate.

An amendment to the Vital Statistics Act, which eliminated the requirement for those 16 years of age and older to provide a statement from a designated professional with their application for a gender-neutral birth certificate, received royal assent on Dec. 7.

No changes were made for applications related to children under age 16.

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