TRANSGENDER AIRLINE TRAVEL

Posted on 05/18/2017 | About St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Transgender Canadians and the NDP want the federal government to change a travel regulation that could allow officials to prevent members of their community from boarding a plane. The regulation prohibits air carriers from transporting a passenger if the person “does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification presented.”


Jennifer McCreath, a 43-year-old transgender woman living in St. John's, N.L., says she thinks twice before travelling by air, for fear of discrimination.

Doing away with the regulation is a cause the federal NDP has been pushing for five years, and one for which Justin Trudeau expressed support before becoming prime minister.

Randall Garrison, the NDP's critic for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues, says Trudeau's cabinet has the ability to change the regulation immediately.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the Liberal government is looking at the transgender issue.