In Canada, one of the first countries to implement a transgender policy was Ontario in 1991, and the province soon became the first to offer coverage for gender reassignment surgeries.
But for now, only two provinces have officially legalized gender-reassignment surgeries, including British Columbia, which has allowed some gender reassignments for the past decade.
The province said last week it would extend coverage to the rest of the country by mid-October.
The U.S. recently announced a transgender plan for federal employees, but officials have yet to announce whether they will expand it to cover trans people.
“The goal is to get trans people into jobs, so if we can do that, that’s good for the economy, but it’s not the best use of taxpayer money,” said Heather Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Center for Transgender Equality, which advocates for the rights of transgender people.
While most states require transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates, they are free to choose whichever restroom they feel most comfortable with.