10-year-old transgender girl wages battle to change identification rules

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A 10-year-old Comox girl has started a campaign to stop what she sees as bullying every time she crosses the border to visit her grandmother, Cathie Dickens.

The problem, Harriette Cunningham says, is that her passport says she’s a boy.

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Facing border officials as a transgender girl — when her identity and outward appearance don’t match the sex designation on her passport — gives her undue anxiety, she said.

“It makes me really stressed. It makes me really sad for about an hour before and after. I want to explain myself,” she said, “but I think it’s my right not to have to.”


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