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Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Child Lawfully Changes Her Gender Identity in Canada

The story

Harriette Cunningham, 11, was born a boy called Declan.

She filed paperwork in 2013 to change her name with support of her family.

She also began a letter-writing campaign to government officials allowing her to change her gender on official documents.

"It just made me so mad and made me almost frustrated to know that I'm a girl and then I look on my passport and it says that I'm a boy," Cunninghamtold CTV News.

She is one of the first 30 people in British Columbia, Canada, to do so without having gender reassignment surgery, which the new legislation allows.

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