This week read about the trans community winning rights in Quebec, and three countries leaving a project with Poland after it passed an anti-LGBT resolution.

Quebec Rulings Mark Progress for Trans Community

A Quebec Superior Court judge invalidated several Civil Code articles on Jan. 29, which included articles preventing the change of the legal sex listed on individuals’ “act of birth” documents, the CBC reported.

Also invalidated was a provision requiring someone to be identified as a mother or father in birth documents, excluding non-binary options, the CBC reported. Justice Gregory Moore gave the province of Quebec until the end of 2021 to make the amendments.

Sophia D’Aoust, president of Gender Mosaic, a transgender social and support group, told the CBC changing hearts or minds of society is another hurdle.

"Society needs to be changed through education, understanding, comprehension, support, acceptance and love,” D’Aoust told the CBC.




Three Countries Leave Project After Polish Anti-LGBT Resolution


Carpathian Mountains, Poland. Credit: kallerna, via Wikipedia.

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein pulled out of a $2.25 million culture and natural heritage project in Poland after the country passed an anti-LGBT resolution, Reuters reported.

The decision became known on Feb. 2, Reuters reported. The three nations canceled a grant to Poland’s Carpathian Mountains in September.

Letters between Poland and Norway officials posted by a Polish LGBT activist on his website revealed the decision, Reuters reported.

Poland’s minister of funds and regional policy said in a letter that the nation’s LGBT-free zones, the subject of much of the uproar, are not discriminatory. The letter was also published on the activist’s website.

Podkarpackie, a region in Poland, passed a resolution in 2019 which expressed opposition to the promotion and affirmation of LGBT ideology, Reuters reported. In September, Norway said it would not fund the Polish municipalities that have passed LGBT-free resolutions, almost a 100 now.