What’s Current: Canadian filmmaker applies to change birth certificate from male to ‘non-binary’

Joshua M. Ferguson (Image: Twitter)

On Friday, Ontario-born filmmaker, Joshua M. Ferguson, applied to change his sex designation on his birth certificate from male to “non-binary.” A spokesperson for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services told the CBC that the government is in the process of “developing” a gender neutral birth certificate.

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  • Atheist

    Trump owned Miss USA for several years so I am not surprised at all. Of course she’s not a feminist. Like so many women she knows saying “Yes I’m a feminist” means losing rather than winning. Women are never ever rewarded for being a feminist and she sold out 51% of the world’s population to win. Men around the country will praise her and defend her from any criticism because she’s a proper fembot whose dutifully behaving the way she was programmed to do.

    It’s gross. Excuse me while I go throw up.

    • Meghan Murphy

      I find the American liberal panic and drama that happens every time a woman who is obviously not feminist says she is not a feminist so ridiculous. WHY would they expect someone participating in a capitalist, misogynist contest like Miss USA to support public health care or the feminist movement?? It’s so weird.

      • Hekate Jayne

        Yes, but here in the states, words count more than actions.

        We scream “life is precious”, but refuse universal health care and programs for the poor.

        We say “regulation be bad”, but regulate pot, uteruses, etc.

        We are a nation that says this one thing, and we do this completely opposite thing. We are Orwellian idiots.

        So, like, that thing Beyonce did (at the superbowl, maybe?), where she had the great big word FEMINIST right behind her, when she was all doing the male gazey butt shaking? It was SUPER-DUPER feminist. Maybe because the word was so big, because it sure is not because Beyonce is taking down the patriarchy.

        Choicey feminism is such a big bowl of nothing. No real action, no critical thought, no real challenge to males.

        So of course American liberals freak out when a woman denies being feminist. Because literally everything is feminism to them. They have made feminism so void, that it’s essentially just a label. It’s claimable by literally everyone, because it means nothing, so it insults their delicate sensibilities when anyone refuses it.

  • Meghan Murphy

    “I wish that beauty pageants would stop even asking the contestants questions.It just seems like a desperate attempt to act as though these pageants are primarily about women’s ability to give reasoned, logical responses to questions and about their intelligence. Beauty pageants are about looks: women are awarded a crown based on their amazing ability to be skinny, have perfect teeth, and walk around in high heels and bikinis and dresses.”

    Yes, I agree. This is an objectification contest and pretending it’s not with these questions is just an attempt to pretend otherwise. It’s not sincere in any way. The judges clearly don’t care what these women think, otherwise they wouldn’t make them parade around in bikinis.

  • OldPolarBear

    What is it with these dudes and their choker accessories?

    • Wren

      covers adam’s apple.

    • Notmethisonetime

      Anything to distract from the heavy jawline, the Adam’s apple…

  • calabasa

    Trans people can request to have their birth certificate changed to say they are the opposite sex already (I guess above guy is campaigning for a “non-binary gender” birth certificate, which yes, is madness…why is a reminder of what actual sex you are soooo upsetting)?

    As an example, my former roommate, who decided approximately one year and a half ago, at the age of 32 or 33, that he was a woman (before that, he was an uber-masculine motorcycle riding dude with a mohawk, but post-divorce he got into dancing “manlesque”–you know, muscly dudes stripping in an “artful” way, because he’s an exhibitionist–and, coincidentally! he also enjoys watching female burlesque dancers, and, of course, porn, and he was convinced by his female burlesque dancing buddies that he was “really a woman” inside, obviously, since he was into such feminine things as burlesque, so he tried dancing as a woman, and then realized that got him waaaaay more attention, and then, voila!–he was a transwoman. You know, at first he was not sure what sexual orientation he was anymore, because he was still attracted to girls, but they told him, “that’s okay, that just means you’re a lesbian;”–yes, a bunch of straight women told him that; oh, okay, he thinks, and now he happily calls himself a lesbian all the time, never mind all his partners just happen to be “cis” women who are, well, straight). This person decided against the “whole narrative of surgery and hormones,” which is fine, but then WHY CALL YOURSELF A WOMAN INSTEAD OF “NON-BINARY” OR THE TRUTH: A CROSS-DRESSING MAN. WTF. But no. He read some Julia Serrano, and then suddenly biological sex didn’t exist, and he was “designated male at birth” but “somehow always knew I was female…looking back on my childhood it makes sense” (yes, revising childhood memories/stories to match the current trans narrative), and he wanted to make t-shirts reading, “I’m a fucking lady, dammit!” He then began to spend a lot of time tucking and taking naked selfies (and otherwise getting naked photo shoots of himself lying on a bed in full makeup, ass to the camera) for one million likes from his libfem friends (because this is also totally normal and what girlz do, amirite). He then applied for his birth certificate to be changed to say “female.” And his passport. And his driver’s license. And his social security card to be reissued in his new name. So now every damn bit of documentation on him lists this man’s sex as female.

    Yes. This is the boat we’re in.

    • Kathleen Lowrey

      “decided against the whole narrative of surgery and hormones”, so boring, so done, so last year. Sometimes I am mad sometimes I am sad when I read about this stuff but sometimes I am just laughing.

  • calabasa

    Is it sad that I am most shocked by British state-sponsored rape and emotional abuse (more shocked than by the stories about Indian men committing horrible atrocities, or the irony that because abortions are not supposed to be legal after 20 weeks in India due to the high rate of aborting female fetuses that’s what was blocking the poor girl’s access to an abortion–which they have now allowed–or the other stories of horrific rapes and murders there, juxtaposed, of course, with the spoiled white Western man asking for a “non-binary” category of birth certificates, which doesn’t even make sense, because he’s sooo oppressed and it would be sooo revolutionary, or something)? I mean of course I am not shocked that Miss America is a pawn of the patriarchy, and not shocked that liberals are shocked about this (they have been becoming, it seems, more and more stupid, en masse, because of their delusions; so is female “empowerment” supposed to extend to beauty pageants now too? Not just porn and prostitution? Hmm). NONE OF THESE SHOCK ME.

    The story of undercover police, who specifically have to be *married with children* (so they don’t decide to stay in the role/relationship?) who are deployed as spies by having sex with and *living with* female targets within left-wing activist groups DOES shock me. It is one of the most chilling things I have read, somehow. Where do they find the sociopaths willing to do this? How can the government deploy rapist-spies this way? This is rape by deception and psychological torture. What kind of “loving family man” could possibly do this, and what kind of WIFE could possibly support her husband doing this? It’s absolutely revolting, and chilling…who ARE these aliens?

    For some reason, child rapists, murderers, narcissistic wannabe females and delusional liberals I can wrap my head around. But these cold, emotionless, sociopathic law enforcement spies/family men and their cold, sociopathic, law enforcement wives/family women? I just can’t.

    • FierceMild

      These are the sort of jobs about which a man is “not allowed” to talk to anybody. Especially his wife.

      • Kathleen Lowrey

        Even if his wife knew… I guarantee being married to this guy was no picnic for her. I doubt she is “cold and sociopathic”. Just Stockholm Syndromed.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Well, intersex is a medical condition, so I don’t personally see the problem with putting “intersex” on a birth certificate…?

  • Lucy Potato

    I’ve been striking out “gender” on patient charts lately and replacing it with “sex”. A futile protest, but the conflation is maddening. You’re right. The reality of someone’s physiology is of far more practical medical use than whims and feelings.

    • Cassandra

      I do that on my own medical forms whenever I can!

  • JingFei

    It feels like a Catch 22. You’re right, it does seem hopeless!

  • FierceMild

    I think the most embarrassing part is that ‘non-binary’ is actually…wait for it…half of a binary consisting of binary/non-binary. And therefore it is not only embarrassing, but non-effing-existent.

  • lk

    “Apply for non-binary”. It’s simply embarrassing that our government would even entertain such a stupid notion.”

    Since when did it become the job of government to validate someone’s gender identity?This strikes me as being a waste of government time and resources.

    I live in the US, but it seems like the Canadian liberal party has really bought into all this trans-nonsense.

  • Meghan Murphy

    I agree that she *should* support women’s rights, but considering that she entered a Miss USA contest, I guess I’m a little confused as to why anyone would expect her to be a feminist. The American public treats celebrities and models like activists, and they aren’t activists. Mostly, they’re kind of self-centered capitalists. A person who believes women’s worth is in their (sexualized) bodies/ability to attract men and please the male gaze is unlikley to be feminist…

    • Atheist

      Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree. I don’t expect her to be a feminist, but then I didn’t expect her to answer like a typical MRA “egalitarian” that assumes women’s rights come at the expense of men either. Miss USA is also considered a role model for little girls, which is why they can be disqualified at any time after winning for doing stuff like having their photo taken while drunk. So Miss USA can be disqualified for something as stupid as taking a group drunk selfie, but won’t be disqualified for spreading disinformation about feminism? That doesn’t make sense. I also remember when a 2009 Miss USA contestant lost because she didn’t support same sex marriage. Miss USA is not completely bereft of social responsibility.

      • Tired feminist

        I understand. But then again, why would anyone want to ask the Miss USA if she’s a feminist? Isn’t it obvious that she’s not? Why does her opinion on feminism matters? Why do celebrities’ opinions on feminism matter? US-American media is so weird in this aspect.

      • Tired feminist

        “So Miss USA can be disqualified for something as stupid as taking a group drunk selfie, but won’t be disqualified for spreading disinformation about feminism? That doesn’t make sense.”

        It kind of does, if you consider how unashamedly patriarchal the institution of beauty pageants is.

        • Wren

          I think the pageants are all about merging the Madonna and the whore: looks like a porn star but sweet as pie and keeps her mouth shut about important stuff.

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  • Meghan Murphy

    And the cooptation of the word ‘consent,’ in this case, strikes me as kind of grotesque. ‘Consent’ is so often discussed in terms of sexual assault — in claiming his sex was somehow imposed on him ‘without consent,’ he implies he was violated in a way akin to rape. It’s ridiculous and offensive on a number of levels.

    • Sabine

      It’s yet more narcissism masquerading as progressiveness. How the word ‘consent’ can be used (and taken in any way seriously) in this context boggles the mind. I totally agree with how offensive (and indeed ridiculous) it is.

    • FierceMild

      Apparently he consented to his stupidity.

    • Anthocerotopsida

      This makes a lot of sense. I’m so sick of the word consent and I’ve had a hard time figuring out and explaining why. It seems like whenever someone wants to make a situation seem more dire and grim than it really is they’ll find a way to apply the concept of consent.
      Most of the time when that word is used out of a sexual context, it sounds overwrought and melodramatic, and it makes the person who is or is not giving consent sound petty and self-important.

    • Tired feminist

      Exactly. Their entire cooptation of feminist terms is ridiculous and offensive.

  • lk

    “We don’t get to “consent” to our fucking biology at ANY stage!It is what it is and we do not get to choose for ourselves the one we would prefer! We can reject sex roles but not bodily sex.”

    Right, biology is not something anyone consents to….it just is. Even if I am unhappy with my biology, there are parts of my biology that cannot be changed.

    Everything is not a matter of choice.

  • lk

    It’s complete nonsense.

    When you state that humans are dimorphic, transactivists always bring up intersex (as though the existence of intersex people disproves the existence of male or female people).

    According to trans ideology sex is a spectrum and not a binary. *eye roll*

    • Hanakai

      Yes, I know the trans propagandists always bring up that there are intersex, or the preferred term, people with Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD). So the trans delusionists want society to use the abnormals as the standard? Give me a break. The reality is that in DSD people, something went wrong in cell division, the RNA/DNA replication went wrong, and nature produced an abnormality in physiology.

      So what? Humans are still dimorphic. And sometimes cell division goes wrong or tetragens or mutagens affect cell division, and abnormal organisms are produced. Sometimes the abnormals have what is called Fragile-X syndrome and will be severely impaired for life. The reality is that DSD people are genetically defective, abnormal, but generally lay people do not use such blunt or honest language. The fact that some humans are genetically defective does not change that sex is binary and humans are, like all mammals, dimorphic, male and female.

      A further reality is that people who claim to be transgender are mentally ill, especially the ones who elect mutilating surgery. But if speak the truth that trans delusions are a mental illness, the transtrenders go all whack and start shrieking about “transphobia” and “bigotry.” They are too brainwashed to understand that one’s sex cannot be changed and that surgery is not indicated as a treatment for a mental disorder. Using surgery to correct a mental illness is like using a nuclear weapon to kill a mosquito.

      Earlier today I was reading that the F2MT who had gone to court to change her name from Rebecca to Rowan DIED as a result of complications and sepsis following a hysterectomy. Transtrenders apparently do not get that surgery is ALWAYS a risky undertaking and that people sometimes die from the simplest of surgeries. Trans delusionists need to be treated with psychotherapy and medicine, not surgery.

  • FierceMild

    Thanks! Everything she writes is worth reading.

  • FierceMild

    If A person defines themself as non-binary they must be doing so, logically speaking, in relation to those who are binary…which is in itself a juxtaposed two-part classifying system also called a binary. It’s circular.

  • Hekate Jayne


    That’s such a male view, isn’t it? It’s so either/or. “If you support women, you hate men, feminists be all man hatey, waaah!”.

    Some of us are still afraid of hurting the feels of males, dainty little creatures that they are.

    But I will say this. I don’t like males. It’s fairly recently that I have discovered this about myself.

    But I don’t dislike them just for feminist funsies. I dislike them because I believe them when they tell me who they are.

    Males set the rules, the society, the hierarchy. They tell us very clearly every single day what they think of us, and I know that they aren’t lying. I believe them, not based on just their words, but also their actions.

    I don’t understand why more women don’t dislike males as a class. There’s some individual males that are ok. But as a group, they are terrible.

    Facts be misandry.

  • Tired feminist

    Blind Beauty Pageant. From the creators of Feminist Porn.

    • Wren


  • Meghan Murphy

    He wants popularity and votes first and foremost. That’s what this bill is about, imo. The Liberals wanting to appear ‘progressive’ and win votes. Trudeau seems like a nice enough guy, but is also a giant douche and really needs to STFU about his ‘feminism.’

  • Meghan Murphy

    Totally. A perfect facade.

  • Wren

    “As a result, the library healthcare changed to cover transgender healthcare like sex change surgery.”

    Which in the US means that everyone covered by that employer will see a huge rate increase and increased deductibles. This happened at a job I had when an employee had a brain tumor. A BRAIN TUMOR. Like, necessary surgery to save his life, not this trans crap.

  • Meghan Murphy

    NOPE. 🙂

  • Wren

    This has got to put a wrench in certain processes, like getting approved for a mortgage, at least post-2008. Also, if health insurers have to cover trans surgery (as discussed in another post) they’re gonna have a real tough time being offered a job with good benefits, no matter what any anti-discrimination statute says. Basically thrusts them into a cycle of poverty and/or entitlement.

  • Hanakai

    The problem is that under capitalism, a great many physicians and all of the medical corporations care more about profit than patients and public health. Seriously, most surgical departments instead of having monthly morbidity-and-mortality conferences about patient outcomes nowadays only have monthly finance meetings to check on their continued high profitability. Seriously, this is fact. That is why there is even such a thing as alleged transgenders.

    Interestingly, I was talking today with a retired psychologist in his 80s who used to do diagnoses for a large psych department and he said back in the 1950s and 1960s he never heard a single patient tell him that he was a transgender or transsexuals. He said some patients were cross-dressers or transvestites, who knew they were male and were often heterosexual; and he saw homosexual males in drag who were trying to parody women, but not trying to pass as women. He thinks most M2FTs are mutilated male homosexuals with various psychological disorders.

    So, given that psychiatrists and psychologists 50-70 years ago were not seeing men who claimed they were women or men claiming to have a female brain or soul, it seems that some of today’s trans-normalization propaganda is a result of the medical profession popularizing the idea that a mental disorder of delusions and sexual dysphoria should be treated by expensive mutilating surgeries that would require multiple revisions over the years and keep the patient coming back for more and more expensive work.

    At some point, there may be a class action lawsuit by grown children who were screwed over with this trans insanity when they were children, whose fertility was destroyed, whose normal sexual functioning, whose mental health was destroyed by the insane trans puberty blockers, hormonal loading, surgeries. A few judgment against doctors and hospitals and the trans insanity will end rather quickly once the insurance companies decide there is too much risk and downside to insuring doctors who mutilate people in this way.

  • Hanakai

    I am not tremendously well-versed in Canadian politics, but I get that Canada is no paradise, that it too is ruled by patriarchal and earth-destroying ideologies and in fact is as much under the sway of the earth-destroying capitalists as the US. I have seen how Macmillan BloedeI has been allowed to raze the forests of the Canadian West and destroy salmon streams and orca habitat. And I am aware of the horrid Canadian oil pipelines and the travesty of the tar sands, and that per capita, Canadians create more greenhouse gases than any other country. See, e.g., https://wri.org/blog/2014/11/6-graphs-explain-world%E2%80%99s-top-10-emitters

    But come on, the US now has an insane demented delusional male president who denies the reality of global warming, opposes health care, who brags about being a crotch-grabber & tax evader & fraudster, who has various personality disorders and an evil heart, with his finger on the nuclear button . . . seriously, he is a madman.

    In comparison, Trudeau seems sane and rational. Nonetheless, your points are well-taken.

  • lk

    “I don’t understand why males will surgically remove their penis to create a wound to mimic a vagina.”

    I had no clue until a few months ago about the whole dilation thing!! When I did some reading, I was actually shocked. It is unbelievable-the amount of time, pain and discomfort that these men have to go through to keep the hole open.

    After all that money, time and pain… they still don’t have a vagina…they have a hole that looks one vagina but actually functions nothing like one.

    The fact that insurance companies around the US are being pressured to cover stuff like this is mind-blowing…

    “The level of hatred that you must feel for your own body to do that, it’s sickening that these people aren’t getting counseling or something, because doing that to a healthy body is just sad.”

    There is tremendous self-hatred and I think they direct a lot of that hate at biological women because they know deep-down that they are not women-even when they change their birth certificates, demand we call them she/her, have bottom or top surgery–they know they are not women and never will be. Imagine how much healthier and happy transgender people would be if they were taught to just accept their bodies as they are.

    • Meghan Murphy

      I know, it’s nuts right??? It’s a wound that keeps trying to close… That’s what they are called a ‘vagina’. A hole that literally exists only to put a penis in… And that is painful and doesn’t want to be there… It seems like such a horrible, sad existence… I agree with you about the self-hatred.

    • Hekate Jayne

      Here’s another thing, while we are on about it.

      Apparently, in at least some cases, the scrotum sac is used to make the wound. And that skin has hair folicles. And those folicles continue to grow hair.

      So, the result is these guys having electrolysis on the wound, on the inside, because vaginas don’t, you know, grow hair.

      In other cases, a part of the intestine is used.

      And in the pics of the post op FtM, it was literally like a frankenpenis. None of them even really resemble a penis. In one of them, there was a tube coming out of this woman’s abdomen, just under her belly button, for urination. In that same pic, she was measuring it. It was so disconcerting, seeing this female looking hands, using a tape measure on that sad little hanging piece of skin.

      It’s all hatred of women, whether male or female doing these things to healthy bodies. And the insurance companies are the devil, anyway, when we have people dying from lack of healthcare. But for the tiny minority (of mostly males) to be demanding this is inexcusabley inhumane and selfish. Disgusting.

      • lk

        Everything you are describing sounds absolutely awful.

        I’m really having a hard time wrapping my head around how transgenderism has become a mainstream thing, how mutilating your body has become treatment.