The shit hit the fan in the trans blogosphere last night, when it came to light that there is a disturbing new section in the Identity Screening Regulations used in airports throughout Canada. Simply put, Transgender People are Completely Banned From Boarding Airplanes in Canada.
The offending section of the regulations reads:
5.2 (1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if … (c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents;
Although this obviously discriminatory smear of regulation did not come to significant public attention until very recently, it apparently came into effect on July 27th, 2011.
It is important to note that these regulations are not actually a piece of legislation, which would have had to pass through readings and votes in the House and Senate (which is probably why it went unnoticed until now). Rather, the Identity Screening Regulations are a set of rules implemented unilaterally by the Ministry of Transportation, as part of Canada’s so-called Passenger Protect, which is essentially the Canadian Federal Government’s equivalent to the U.S.’s “no-fly” list.
Minister of Transportation Denis Lebel is, of course, a federal Conservative MP appointed to the cabinet position by Stephen Harper.
In the eyes of the honourable Minister of Transportation, that makes trans people unfit to fly in Canada.
It is interesting to note that this regulatory adjustment occurred immediately following the federal election in 2011. In the previous parliament, Bill C-389, a bill to amend the Human Rights Code to explicitly enshrine protections against discrimination for transgender people, had successfully passed in the House of Commons, only to die on the Senate floor when Harper declared a Federal Election (thereby dissolving parliament).
Is the timing of this disturbing and blatantly discriminatory regulatory adjustment merely a coincidence? That is up to you to decide. However, the negative impact on trans people is crystal clear, and we need to take action now.
WHAT IS SO HARD IN UNDERSTANDING THAT IF UR PASSPORT HAS A MAN ON IT U BETTER SHOW UP AS A MAN . IF IT IS A WOMAN ON IT SHOW UP AS A WOMAN. THAT IS UR INTERNATIONAL ID. WHAT IS SO HARD IN UNDERSTANDING THAT U HAVE TO FOLLOW SAFETY RULES. WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR GENDER. THAT MEANS ANYONE CAN DRESS UP AS SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT AND GET THROUGH OUR SECURITY. THAT IS CRAZY. ITS NOT A HAIRSTYLE ITS A WHOLE IDENTITY CHANGE. EVERYONE WANTS RIGHTS. BUT U STILL HAVE TO HAVE COMMON SENSE.
so ummm who wants to take this
imma let one of the numerous trans people who follows me take this if they wanna because i literally cain’t
i just wrote a lovely ask in that person’s ask box. way to be a heartless bitch.
Here’s a tip for the do-it-yourself crowd: Go to your computer’s Start menu, and either go to “run” or just search for “cmd.” Open it up, and type in “ping [website address],”
Once you have the IP for a website, all you really need to do is enter it like you would a normal URL and hit enter/press go. Typing in “188.8.131.52” should bring you to the front page of AO3, for example, just as typing “184.108.40.206/dashboard” should bring you straight to your Tumblr dashboard. Since we’re obviously bracing for the worst case scenario which would involve you not being able to access the internet regularly, you should, save this list.