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05/07/2018 13:58 EDT | Updated 05/07/2018 14:24 EDT

Filmmaker Joshua Ferguson Receives Non-Binary Ontario Birth Certificate After Legal Battle

They initially applied to change the sex designation on their birth registration in 2017.

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Filmmaker Joshua Ferguson has been issued a non-binary Ontario birth certificate.

An Ontario-born filmmaker has been issued a non-binary birth certificate after a year-long legal battle with the provincial government.

Joshua Ferguson, who identifies as neither a man nor a woman and uses the gender-neutral pronoun "they", says receiving a birth certificate that accurately represents their gender was a hard-fought victory.

Ferguson initially applied to Service Ontario to change the sex designation on their birth registration to non-binary in 2017 and later filed a human rights complaint, prompting a policy change.

Joshua Ferguson/Twitter
Joshua Ferguson identifies as neither a man nor a woman and uses the gender-neutral pronoun "they."

People can now choose between "M" for male, "F" for female and "X" for non-binary.

They can also opt not to display a sex designation on the birth certificate at all.

Ferguson says the policy makes it clear that non-binary people exist.

"I'm feeling good to finally have a birth certificate that correctly displays who I am," Ferguson said. "I feel so relieved on a deeper level... I know this policy will save lives."

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