As the world celebrated International Women's Day (IWD) on Monday, the day also brought up gender issues that persist in 2021.\nPeople reminded each other that trans women are women while cautioning against including non-binary folks in #IWD posts without permission. This begs the question: Where do we stand in terms of transgender and non-binary rights in Quebec? \nEditor's Choice: Here's What You Need To Know About 'Femicide' In Quebec & Why It Still Exists\n\nThere have already been some major developments this year. In late January, Quebec's Superior Court declared several pieces of the province’s Civil Code unconstitutional — a big win for the nonbinary and transgender community. \nWhat are the current laws?\nThe Civil Code of Québec currently requires parents to identify themselves as a "mother" or "father" on their children's birth certificates and prevents them from changing their sex on the documents.\nThe Civil Code also restricts the age Quebecers can change their name or sex designation to 18 and older. \nQuebecers aged 14 to 17 who want to change their name can only do so if their parent does not object. And they can only change their sex with a letter from a health professional who conducts an evaluation and declares the change of designation is "appropriate." \n\n\n\n\nNon-citizens who live in Quebec cannot change their name or sex designation in the province until they become Canadian citizens and live in Quebec for at least one year. \n\n\n\n\n\nWhat did the plaintiffs want to change?\n\nQuebec Justice Minister, Stéphanie Vallée, receiving a prize from Fondation Émergence for ‘‘her commitment against...Posted by Centre for Gender Advocacy / Centre de lutte contre l'oppression des genres on Wednesday, May 16, 2018\nThe Centre for Gender Advocacy at Concordia University sued the Quebec government.\nIts legal team argued that sections of the Civil Code violate the rights of transgender and non-binary Quebecers, as laid out in the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.\nThe articles of the Code that the Centre moved to change contained rules on:\n\n\n\n\n\n\nthe requirement to designate sex on official documentation and identification\n\n\nnon-Canadian and young people’s ability to change their designation of sex and their name to conform with their gender identity \n\n\nChanging the sex designation of a transgender parent on their child's birth certificate\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe plaintiffs argued that these articles lead to the misidentification of transgender and non-binary people, creating confusion about their true identities.\n"Other than on the day they are born, we do not examine a person's genitalia to identify whether they are male or female."\nThey also objected to disclosing sex at birth on drivers' licenses, health insurance cards and students’ permanent codes with the Ministry of Education, but did not challenge the legislation or policy decisions that created those rules.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhat did the judge rule in the end?\nQuebec news doesn't get wide reporting outside of the province, but it's important that we know: trans people in Quebec got a huge win today! The superior court of QC ruled in our favour for a bunch of things:— nour abi-nakhoul (@nourmal_woman) January 28, 2021\n\nThe Honourable Gregory Moore made several important rulings, including:\n\n\nTransgender Quebecers can change their parental sex designation on their children’s birth certificates\n\n\nQuebecers will be able to identify themselves as a "parent" instead of a "mother" or "father" on their children's birth certificates \n\n\nNon-binary Quebecers now have the right to change their sex designation to something other than male or female on civil and legal documents\n\n\nQuebec residents who are non-citizens will now be allowed to change their name and sex designation on civil and legal documents\n\n\nNon-binary or trans youth aged 14 to 17 may apply to change their sex without the approval of a health professional \n\n\nThe judge ordered that he would suspend the declaration of the Civil Code rules being invalid until December 31, meaning the government has until then to change the legislation.\n\nQuebec is appealing part of the court's rulings\nIn a press release on March 5, Quebec's Attorney General said he would appeal Justice Moore's ruling on Quebecers aged 14 to 17.\n"The purpose of this supervision is to confirm the seriousness of the steps taken by the child, in their best interest," the statement says.\n"The Quebec government is working on the modification of certain legislative provisions that it intends to introduce within the prescribed time frame."