Updated: Note the new location, FAB 220 The Political Science Graduate Association and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta are presenting the panel Legislating Sexualities in Alberta. It will be held from 12-2pm on Friday, February 5, 2010 in FAB 220, University of Alberta North Campus. More information can be found on the facebook page:
This panel will bring together a number of interested and informed actors to discuss the implications of the Alberta government's actions and attitudes pertaining to sexual minorities. The motivations, repercussions and significance of the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act (AIRA), Bill 44, the de-listing of gender reassignment surgery, and eventual declaration of pride in Edmonton will be considered.
Lucas Crawford (English & Film Studies) Dr. André P. Grace (Education) Dr. Lois Harder (Political Science) Dr. Cressida Heyes (Philosophy) Rachel Notley (MLA for Edmonton-Strathcona) Michael Phair (Education)
Laura has written a post for Blogosaurus Lex giving background information and asking questions on the issues this panel is discussing. From the post:
The de-listing of gender reassignment surgery (GRS, also known as Sexual Reassignment Surgery, SRS) for transgendered Albertans raises questions about who we deem worthy of medical treatment and how marginalized minority groups are treated in Alberta. It also raises questions about how people are defined under the law. Our society is heavily invested in the idea of a gender binary and our laws and bureaucratic processes reflect that. Transgendered people in Alberta, and in most places, must identify themselves as male or female on government documents (India legally recognizes the hijra as a third gender, but even this is problematic, in part because it groups all non-conforming gender expression in to an ‘other’ category). Not conforming with one’s legally designated gender can have many legal consequences (US websites) going beyond discrimination.
Check out Blogosaurus Lex to read the rest.