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Canada Cracks Down on Transgendered Air Travelers

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It looks like America can finally put a check in the "win" column over Canada for LGBT rights -- at least when it comes to air travel.

Suddenly, flying the gay friendly skies over our neighbor to the north may be a thing of the past for its transgendered citizenry. Due to an obscure amendment to the country's airline screening regulations, Canadian men and women who don’t identify with their genetic sex will be prohibited from boarding any commercial aircraft for travel.

Meanwhile, guys like this -- who dress in women’s lingerie -- go untagged by the US government’s No Fly List, are waved right on through the checkpoint line by the Transportation Security Administration, and are welcomed aboard US Airways (LCC) flights as preferred customers. They may not be able to get married in the majority of our country, but at least we give them the right to fly through it.

Deemed by some to be surreptitiously slipped into the Canadian Aeronautics Act's Identity Screening Regulations was the following clause: "An air carrier shall not transport a passenger... who does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents." The provision was written back in July 2011 and passed without a Parliamentary or public vote. It went unnoticed by the Canadian transgender community and the news media at large until last week.

Transportation Minister Denis Lebel defended the provision in the interests of passenger "safety."

Sure, because no single group of people poses a greater threat of danger to Canada’s national security than the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Let this be an official warning to those jihadists planning another terrorist attack in the air by boarding planes dressed in burqa disguises. The Canadian government is onto you!
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