I was looking at the new online application system for Income Assistance and I was shocked to find out that they had changed their choices for gender. Here are the choices as I remember them:
- Transgender Male to Female
- Transgender Female to Male
- I prefer not to stay
I could not believe it when I read it. Government institutions move at a glacial pace. Not only have they expanded on the traditional binary categories, they have differentiated between trans folk. Plus they have further acknowledged that gender can be a private issue for some people.
This move is a monumental step forward for trans folk but also gender outlaws. The binary gender category has been with us forever. In fact we organize so much of our world into binary categories: good and evil, black and white, God and Satan, etc. It really is the basis of how we organize things in our minds. This is an extremely important first step in the Ministry of Housing and Social Development becoming a much responsive organization.