By Jonathon Van Maren
Back in 2016, right-wing troll Lauren Southern made headlines by illustrating just how easy it is to officially switch genders in Ontario. She went to the doctor’s office, procured a note identifying her very female self as a male in record time, and then headed to Service Ontario, where a clerk was happy to oblige. Upon being informed that Southern was a male, the clerk switched to addressing her as “sir,” and soon sent her on her way with legal confirmation that in the province of Ontario, she was “a dude.”
The point, of course, was to highlight the ridiculousness of it all. With objective standards for sex and gender dispensed with, becoming the opposite sex amounted to a personal declaration of because I said so, that’s why.
Perhaps Diana Bosco, a male who began identifying as female four years ago, should have watched this little instructional video — because he is finding it almost impossible to accomplish the same thing. In fact, Bosco is finding the entire process “invasive and stymied by systemic discrimination against transgender people,” insofar as the system is a bureaucratic bog and the revolution is moving at breakneck speed. But because Bosco identifies as transgender, of course, this story is another tale of injustice that the Canadian press wants us to be deeply concerned about.