EDMONTON - A 12-year-old transgender Alberta boy has been granted a new birth certificate that recognizes him as male.

Wren Kauffman was presented with the new document on Sunday in Edmonton during a Pride festival brunch hosted by the city's mayor.

The province's culture minister, Heather Klimchuk, made the presentation.

A spokesperson for the minister says the new certificate simply has a "M" instead of an "F."

Kauffman had filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission over the inability to change the sex on his birth certificate.

Alberta law states that transgender persons must have reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their birth certificates, but Premier Dave Hancock said in April that the surgery requirement will be dropped.

Wren, who was born a girl, had said it was stressful being listed as female.

A week after Hancock made the announcement, a judge ruled that the Alberta law dealing with birth certificates violates the rights of transgender people.

In the 1970s, most provinces changed their laws so people could change their birth certificates after sex reassignment surgery. The revision left out transgender children, because people must be at least 18 to be eligible for the surgery.

Ontario revised its law following a human rights tribunal ruling in 2012 that declared it discriminatory to require an actual sex-change operation for a transgender woman who wanted to switch to female from male on her birth certificate.

It now allows a change with a note from a doctor or psychologist testifying to a person's "gender identity," but the province set an age limit of 18 and over and said it needed more time to consider the issue.

Other human rights complaints have also been filed in at least three other provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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  • Transgender student Wren Kauffman, 11, was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Photo of transgender student Wren Kauffman before his change. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Family photos shows transgender student Wren Kauffman before and after his change. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • A family photo shows transgender student Wren Kauffman after his change. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Transgender student Wren Kauffman, 11, right, goes through old photos with his sister Avy Kauffman, 9, left and his mom Wen Kauffman at their home in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male.

  • Transgender student Wren Kauffman, 11, left, reads a book with his sister Avy Kauffman, 9, in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male.

  • Transgender student Wren Kauffman, 11, left, hangs out with sister Avy Kauffman, 9, in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male.

  • Transgender student Wren Kauffman, 11, left, hangs out with sister Avy Kauffman, 9, in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male.

  • Transgender student Wren Kauffman, 11, right, plays with his sister Avy Kauffman, 9, and there dog Henry at their home in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male.

  • Transgender student Wren Kauffman, 11, right, goes through old photos with his sister Avy Kauffman, 9, left and his mom Wen Kauffman at their home in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male.

  • A family photo shows transgender student Wren Kauffman before his change. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday August 29, 2013.

  • Transgender student Wren Kauffman, 11, goes through old photos of himself as a girl in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Wren was born a girl but at the age of 9 started identifying as a boy and now lives his life as a male.

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