Alberta Man Changes Gender on ID Cards for Cheaper Insurance
In a true two-for-one deal, an Alberta man made a mockery of Canada’s gender neutral policies and saved himself a pretty penny on car insurance, according to CBC.
“I have taken advantage of a loophole,” said the man, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid potential repercussions.
All the man needed to do to change the gender on his policy was change his gender on his birth certificate, which in Canada is as simple of getting a doctor’s note thats says as much. He simply told the doctor that he now “identifies” as a woman, though he does not.
“It was pretty simple,” he said. “I just basically asked for it and told them that I identify as a woman, or I’d like to identify as a woman, and he wrote me the letter I wanted.”
The man, quoted at $4500 annually for his automobile insurance, was told that his quote would drop to $3400 if he were female.
“I was pretty angry about that. And I didn’t feel like getting screwed over any more,” he said. “So I asked them to change my gender on my auto policy, and she’s like, we can’t do that.”
A few weeks after submitting the doctor’s note, the man received official documentation from the provincial government in Alberta, confirming that for legal purposes, his gender has been changed.
“I was quite shocked, but I was also relieved,” he said. “I felt like I beat the system. I felt like I won. I’m a man, 100 percent. Legally, I’m a woman. I did it for cheaper car insurance.”
CBC pointed out that the man’s actions are banned in gender neutral EU. Apparently, Canada has yet to work out the finer points of a system where biological sex has been thrown to the wind.
The man says he did not pull the stunt to show how easy it was to change genders, or to ridicule the LGBT community.
Whatever his intentions, he certainly accomplished the former.