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Oct. 24th, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



PinkNews Feature

In advance of forthcoming report on non-gendered identity and the issues faced by those who do not – and cannot – define as male or female within a gendered societal structure.

The report is currently being prepared by international law firm Clifford Chance and will be delivered to government within the next year.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/10/24/interview-christie-elan-cane-on-x-passports-and-the-campaign-for-non-gendered-legitimacy/

Early Day Motion

EDM No. 47 has support of 54 MPs – and on course for 100+ before end of parliamentary session. If your MP is not on the list, then they should be urged to add their signature and express support in any way they can http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47


Campaign of Action – Write to Home Secretary Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May made a commitment to work to improve trans* peoples’ lives, signing the ministerial foreword of government action plan on trans* equality as Home Secretary and Minister for Equalities (see P.5) https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/85498/transgender-action-plan.pdf.

Theresa May now has direct overall responsibility for HM Passport Office and it is time she honoured her earlier commitment to address the barriers that prevent trans* people, including non-gendered people, from participation within society and the economy.

Again, I remind everyone who cares about this issue should write to the Home Secretary and demand the door on ‘X’ passports is reopened.

Write to mayt@parliament.uk

This is not a template but can be used for guidance http://elancane.livejournal.com/24946.html

Please forward copies of responses received from MPs and Home Office to me at Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net.


The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

Sep. 29th, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



‘X’ PASSPORTS - LETTER TO THERESA MAY, HOME SECRETARY

Here is copy of letter sent by email with background notes to the parliamentary office of Theresa May, Home Secretary for the United Kingdom government. I will update when response is received:

29 September 2014

Theresa May
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF
(Delivered via email to: mayt@parliament.uk)

Dear Theresa May

The denial of legitimate identity to people whose identity is neither male nor female is to deny democratic civil rights and fundamental human rights to a section of society where other people can take those rights for granted.

Gendered society takes no account of those who, against the most extreme societal pressure, do not (and cannot) define within the perimeter of male or female. The lack of recognition and consequential lack of provision for identity other than male or female does not only exclude a section of the population from participation within society but forces people whose identity is neither ‘M’ nor ‘F’ to conceal the truth about their identity as routine, and we become unwilling colluders in our own social invisibility in order to survive within gendered society (eg. when instructed to state whether one is male or female on application forms to obtain essential documentation such as a passport; to access many goods and services to which we are entitled; to be able to obtain and to retain salaried employment). When we are faced with this position, where from the moment of consciousness we are confronted by an entire societal structure and legislative system that denies and ignores the reality of our existence, as individuals we learn to assume that ‘rights’ are for other people.

In 2010 I felt very privileged to be invited to take part in the coalition government’s engagement process during the development of the trans* equality action plan to which you were a signatory. I was extremely disappointed that the government ultimately failed to honour many of the commitments made to the trans* community under the action plan. I felt personally betrayed by the coalition government’s mishandling of ‘X’ passports when there was the opportunity to do something that would have had a most profound beneficial impact on the lives of people who are socially invisible because we want our voices to be heard. I would not have willingly given my time and neither would I have made an extensive effort to encourage other people to become politically engaged had I known that my input – and the fundamental needs of myself and others affected by the issues I raise – would ultimately be swept aside by the government.

The HM Passport Office (former Identity and Passport Service) policy ‘review’, referenced on Page 12 of the plan document, gave no serious consideration to proposals in favour of ‘X’ passports and neither did policy makers give proper consideration to the potential benefits of appropriate recognition for a section within society who are rendered socially invisible under present societal and legislative systems.

As it was clear there had been no proper review by the passport authority, it subsequently also became clear there was an unwillingness from HM Passport Office to take ownership of the decision making that had led to an unequivocal rejection of ‘X’ passports by the government. HM Passport Office’s ‘executive agency’ status effectively blurred the lines of accountability and, for this reason, I welcome the announcement that the former agency is to lose its ‘executive’ status because this implies that responsibility for duties performed by the former agency are now more clearly defined.

A decision to authorise the provision of non gender-specific ‘X’ passports to people who do not define as either male or female would ultimately come under Home Office ruling.

I am therefore asking again that, as a minster and signatory to the government’s trans* equality action plan, that you would consider re-opening discussions on ‘X’ passports in anticipation this time around that such discussions are conducted in a more positive and constructive manner.

You might be aware an Early Day Motion was tabled recently that calls in support of this issue. The EDM currently has 50 Member signatures http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47

Sincerely

Christie Elan-Cane (Pr)
NON-GENDERED – Fighting for Legal Recognition
Email: --------------------------

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

Sep. 26th, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



HM PASSPORT OFFICE

On 1st October 2014 HM Passport Office (HMPO) will lose its ‘executive agency’ status (effectively HMPO will be abolished) and its work taken under the direct control of the Home Office
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11122977/HM-Passport-Office-to-be-abolished-and-boss-to-lose-job-says-Theresa-May.html

HMPO was already under the auspices of the Home Office but had a level of autonomy that allowed the lines of responsibility to become blurred with regards for taking the decision to permit the issuing of ‘X’ passports to UK passport holders who do not define as ‘M’ or ‘F’.

After the coalition government’s unequivocal rejection of ‘X’ passports and with evidence that HMPO (formerly the Identity and Passport Service) conducted an entirely fake ‘review’ in response to commitments made by the government under its discredited trans* equality action plan, there was a reluctance from both the government and HMPO to admit responsibility for a gross mishandling of the issue. It was clear that neither government nor HMPO had ever seriously considered proposals in favour of ‘X’ passports and that both government and HMPO shared the same contempt for people who desperately need our identities affirmed rather than misrepresented through inappropriate gendered references.

The transfer of power from HMPO to the Home Office is a positive move for ‘X’ passports for two key reasons i) because there is clarity where there was smoke and mirrors and ii) because Home Secretary Theresa May is a signatory to the trans* equality action plan
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/85498/transgender-action-plan.pdf

CALL TO ACTION!

I shall write to the Home Secretary, reminding her of commitments made and request that she keeps her word.

I ask that EVERYONE who is affected by this issue and that EVERYONE who cares about this issue write to Home Secretary Theresa May in support of ‘X’ passports in the UK.

Contact details:

Theresa May
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF
Tel: 020 7035 4848

Email: mayt@parliament.uk

A reminder of the HM Passport Office Equality and Diversity statement

“We're committed to promoting equality, fairness and respect. Our customers can expect to be treated in a manner that promotes understanding, dignity and respect.”

As part of its E&D commitment HMPO endeavours to:

·         recognise the diverse needs of our customers in the development, access and provision of our services
·         monitor and evaluate services to ensure that they do not unfairly discriminate against particular groups
·         treat all our customers, partners and staff with dignity and respect

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-passport-office/about/equality-and-diversity

It is time for this commitment to be honoured by the United Kingdom government.


Early Day Motion

EDM No. 47 achieved 50 signatures before yet another long parliamentary recess. Parliament resumes on Monday 13 October and we should be prepared to redouble our efforts to raise the signature count to 100. This CAN be achieved and there WILL be a debate on this issue.

LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER
“That this House recognises the issues faced by those in the UK who identify themselves as non-gender, bi-gender or intersex; believes that many of those who are non-gendered or bi-gendered feel compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information; acknowledges that all passports issued by HM Passport Office are currently gender-specific and it is therefore not possible to obtain a passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that, alongside F (Female) and M (Male), the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Document 9303 already contains X (unspecified) as a permitted character for three permitted characters under the mandatory sex element for machine-readable travel documents; notes that in Australia and New Zealand citizens are able to obtain a non-gender specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan also recognise the legitimacy of X as a preferred option when M and F are not appropriate; further believes that allowing this possibility in the UK would go a long way to amend this discriminatory policy which denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges the Government and HM Passport Office to make non-gender-specific X passports available to those UK passport holders who do not identify with a particular gender.”

Is your MP on the list of signatories? http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47

Contact your MP and urge their support for the motion. You can find contact details for all MPs here http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/.


GERMANY

In July 2014 the political campaign group Dritte Option (Third Option) launched a test case for the modification of a person’s birth certificate to ‘X’. The request was submitted to the registry office in Gehrden and subsequently forwarded to the district court where it is pending. I will provide an update when I hear further. Dritte Option are also running a political campaign to raise awareness of this issue in Germany. More information can be found on the group’s website which is currently in German however they are working on delivering information in English http://dritte-option.de/

The German governing authorities recently introduced a policy that allowed for a person’s sex to remain blank on the birth certificate and ‘X’ passports are correspondingly issued to individuals with a ‘blank’ birth certificate. Any optimism of a long awaited breakthrough within the European region rapidly dissolved when it became apparent that provision was heavily regulated by the medical profession and only granted to parents where the newborn has clearly defined physical characteristics of both sexes. This is unsatisfactory to the intersex community and completely useless to trans* people who do not identify as either male or female because the policy does not currently extend to the removal of inappropriate gendered references where they already exist.

It will be very interesting to see what happens with the Dritte Option case and wishing the best of luck from the UK.

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

Sep. 13th, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



EARLY DAY MOTION 47

EDM No. 47 has achieved 50 signatures so far and on course to achieve 100+ before end of this parliamentary session on the basis the motion is allowed to run for the full course (ie. is not ‘suspended’ for any reason).

An unprecedented level of support from within Parliament for an issue that had made it into the government action plan on trans* equality but remained taboo throughout, and that inevitably had led to an ultimate and unequivocal rejection of ‘X’ passports by the government and HM Passport Office. At one point ‘X’ passports were critically at risk of being buried by the government on the basis that those who are affected by this issue are socially invisible, denied legitimate identity and denied a platform and the means to present our case to a wider society.

That 50 Members of Parliament are prepared to sign their names to a motion and say that avoidance of this issue is WRONG is significant and an achievement in itself. We need now to aim for 100+ and call for a full parliamentary debate. It is time to claim our legitimate place within society!

LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER

“That this House recognises the issues faced by those in the UK who identify themselves as non-gender, bi-gender or intersex; believes that many of those who are non-gendered or bi-gendered feel compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information; acknowledges that all passports issued by HM Passport Office are currently gender-specific and it is therefore not possible to obtain a passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that, alongside F (Female) and M (Male), the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Document 9303 already contains X (unspecified) as a permitted character for three permitted characters under the mandatory sex element for machine-readable travel documents; notes that in Australia and New Zealand citizens are able to obtain a non-gender specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan also recognise the legitimacy of X as a preferred option when M and F are not appropriate; further believes that allowing this possibility in the UK would go a long way to amend this discriminatory policy which denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges the Government and HM Passport Office to make non-gender-specific X passports available to those UK passport holders who do not identify with a particular gender.”

Is your MP on the list of signatories? http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47


‘X’ PASSPORTS AS A PARTY POLICY ISSUE

I have in recent years focussed my campaign very much on two key issue points (i) ‘X’ passports and (ii) the discriminatory Equality Act 2010 that requires urgently to be amended in order that all trans* and intersex people are afforded the same protection that is universally afforded to other identified sections of society and covered under the Act.

Amending an Act of Parliament would necessarily equate a change to the law whereas the introduction of ‘X’ passports for the benefit of UK passport holders who do not define as either male or female is an administrative matter and does not require legislative amendment in order to implement the change.
In previous discussions with various political figures from within the Liberal Democrat Party I have argued that both of these key issue points should become official party policy. And now, quietly, and without fanfare, at least one of the issue points has made it into Policy Paper 120: ‘Expanding Opportunity, Unlocking Potential’ which will be presented at Autumn Conference 2014.

Full document (scroll to item 3.2.8 on page 67):
http://www.libdems.org.uk/policy_paper_120_expanding_opportunity_unlocking_potential

It would have been preferable for the issue to have been more prominent and widespread within the document (eg. inclusion of a reference to this issue under section covering the discriminatory Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, and a reference under the following short section that covered legal recognition for intersex people where there are shared concerns as many trans* people were excluded from protection afforded by the highly discriminatory Gender Recognition Act 2004 from which current legislation was devolved).

That aside, it is another first, SIGNIFICANT step that this issue has made it into an official policy document that I sincerely hope merits more than a footnote at conference.

I understand the paper will be debated at conference on Monday 6 October from 3:45pm to 5:15pm.

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

Sep. 2nd, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



EARLY DAY MOTION No. 47

REMINDER

Parliament has resumed after long summer recess and EDM 47 count is rising again!

http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47

I’ve delivered another mailshot to hundreds of sitting MPs, most of whom are eligible to sign EDMs, and the time is right to redouble our efforts and increase the momentum.

If anyone is in any doubt of the importance that all who care about this issue should be prepared to stand up and shout, I’ve received a number of responses this time around from mainly Conservative MPs who want to hear directly from people within their constituencies who would benefit from having an ‘X’ passport and require that inappropriate gendered references are removed from their documentation.

It is ESSENTIAL that everyone with a stake in this issue makes the effort to contact their elected parliamentary representative, either in writing or through making an appointment to visit them at their constituency office. I have done the groundwork and will provide guidance if necessary. If you are not on my mailing list (and I’ve lost many of your email addresses due to recent computer failure), I can be reached at Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net

It would be helpful if you can forward your MP’s response to me.

We are less than half way through the current annual parliamentary session and we are very nearly half way towards getting enough signatories to call for a parliamentary debate on ‘X’ passports.

The issuing of ‘X’ passports will signify a turning point where society will undoubtedly become increasingly aware of the issues faced by non-gendered and bi-gendered people. When ‘X’ passports were issued in Australia the federal government soon after issued guidance to all government departments that ‘X’ should become a standard third option on all government forms and records.

The governing authorities of all European countries are extremely backward by comparison with Australia, New Zealand (which has the best policy of all – total self-certification), India and other Asian states. Overall, with trans* issues, some countries within Europe have a better record than others, but none have taken on board the issues faced by non-gendered and bi-gendered trans* except for Denmark, which operates a vile policy and not worth repeating here with no clear sign of this issue being incorporated into new legal changes announced today regarding self-certification for (gendered) trans* and Germany, where all that is achieved from its recent policy change is that someone can be ‘outed’ as intersex whether they choose to be open or not.

‘X’ passports are an initial step but a significant step on our long hard road to better provision, full legal recognition of our identities as neither m/f with associated civil ‘rights’ that others can take for granted and, ultimately, social equality with male and female. We deserve no less and should aspire to no less.

My aim is there should be in excess of 100 supportive MP signatures to EDM 47 before close of this session and pressure for a full debate prior to next year’s general election.

There will also be internal pressure from various sources to stop the EDM’s progress (because, believe it or not, there are many people who really do not want us to have the same social privileges that they can take for granted) and I am very much aware the EDM could be scuppered at any time.

It is ESSENTIAL that people who care about this issue are prepared to get involved by approaching their MP and making their voices heard.


That, by the way, is not the ‘NEWS ON THE WAY’ referred in a previous posting, which has aroused a degree of minor curiosity but you’ll need to wait a short while longer.

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

Aug. 27th, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


EDM No. 47

PinkNews item http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/08/27/uk-motion-to-introduce-gender-neutral-passports-gains-cross-party-support/

More to follow very soon!

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

Aug. 26th, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



Early Day Motion No. 47

With the long summer recess drawing to a close, it’s now time to redouble our efforts to raise the number of parliamentary signatories to EDM No. 47 http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47

LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER

That this House recognises the issues faced by those in the UK who identify themselves as non-gender, bi-gender or intersex; believes that many of those who are non-gendered or bi-gendered feel compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information; acknowledges that all passports issued by HM Passport Office are currently gender-specific and it is therefore not possible to obtain a passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that, alongside F (Female) and M (Male), the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Document 9303 already contains X (unspecified) as a permitted character for three permitted characters under the mandatory sex element for machine-readable travel documents; notes that in Australia and New Zealand citizens are able to obtain a non-gender specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan also recognise the legitimacy of X as a preferred option when M and F are not appropriate; further believes that allowing this possibility in the UK would go a long way to amend this discriminatory policy which denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges the Government and HM Passport Office to make non-gender-specific X passports available to those UK passport holders who do not identify with a particular gender.”

It would be really good to secure 100+ signatures before the end of this parliamentary session and there is no reason why 100+ signatures should not be achieved.

I have written to almost all sitting MPs and I’ve sent a series of mailshots over recent months to all those Members who are eligible to sign EDMs. Therefore most MPs have some awareness of the issue. I hope this will make at least some of them more approachable to constituents (and, remember, they were elected and are paid to represent the needs of ALL of their constituents).

If your local MP is not on the list of signatories (see the EDM link above for updated current list) then it is VITAL that your MP is urged to lend support to the motion. It is fundamental that EVERYONE who cares about this issue contacts their MPs in order to get the message across loud and clear.

The Parliament website quite helpfully lists all MPs and their respective contact details, with a post code search facility if not sure who your MP is http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/.

Please remember to forward a copy of your MPs response to me at Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net.


SYSTEM FAILURE

The lack of postings over the last few weeks was partially due to that Parliament were in recess and not much happening (signatures can only be added to EDM when Parliament is sitting) but also due to total system meltdown at the beginning of August. I’ve had to replace my system and try to restore my data but the old address book (where distribution email addresses were stored) is gone. I’ve been able to retrieve some individual email addresses (I have the addresses of most people who have written directly to me over the last two years) but many addresses on my former distribution list have disappeared. If you would like to remain on my mailing list and receive occasional, issue relevant messages, please write to Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net with ‘MAILING LIST’ in the subject line. Apologies for any inconvenience. I will emphasise there was no security risk involving anyone’s personal data. It was simply my crap system died and could not be resuscitated. At least it happened during the recess, which was the least worst time for such a catastrophe.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristieElanCan

THERE IS NEWS ON THE WAY – THE ISSUE OF LEGITIMATE IDENTITY FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT DEFINE AS MALE OR FEMALE WILL BE TAKEN DIRECTLY TO THE GOVERNMENT – I CANNOT DISCLOSE FULL DETAILS NOW BUT REQUEST YOU RE-VISIT THIS SITE AND WATCH THIS SPACE OVER COMING WEEKS!

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

Jul. 19th, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


EARLY DAY MOTION No. 47

The motion has 41 signatures to date http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47. This is an excellent achievement with more supportive signatures in six weeks from June tabling as EDM 907 achieved while running for the last four months of the previous parliamentary session. It is interesting to note that many signatories to EDM 47 did not sign EDM 907 or EDM 889 before that. Once all previous signatories have reaffirmed their support the total count for EDM 47 will exceed 50 and I am aiming again for 100+ signatures before the end of this session in Spring 2015.

I want to send a heartfelt thank-you to all Members who have signed EDM 47 and I am asking that other Members who peruse this site from time to time (although might not care to admit it!) would openly lend their support for this important issue on the principle of legitimate identity as a fundamental human right. If you are reading this and can help then I ask that you sign the motion.

As always, many thanks to everyone who has made the effort to encourage their representative MP to support the motion and thanks also to everyone helping from behind the scenes in various capacities in order to progress the issue.

IMPORTANT!!! 100+ signatures is the goal! As I’ve often said before, the EDM is a useful mechanism to raise parliamentary and public awareness of important issues that otherwise would not get aired but a staunchly supported EDM does not guarantee a parliamentary debate. However, if EDM 47 can reach 100 signatures there will be pressure on the government to debate the issue or, more than likely, there will be a quiet reversal of the outright rejection of ‘X’ passports in the face of potential embarrassment at the public exposure that an entirely fake ‘review’ was conducted by HM Passport Office with the sole intention of burying the issue.

It is VITAL that everyone who is affected by this issue, indeed everyone who cares about the issue is prepared to contact their MP and urge their support for the motion. If your local MP cannot sign EDMs due to ministerial protocol or (rather unhelpfully) has an overarching aversion to EDMs, then ask in what capacity they are prepared to help progress this issue. Remember, they are your elected representatives and are there to serve ALL the people within their respective constituencies.

Given that this legitimate human rights issue was taboo and completely off the radar until very recently it really is incredible that so many MPs are now willing to be open and public in their support. Times really are a-changin’.


CAVEAT

But the current government stance is unchanged, as reflected in response to WPQ recently tabled in the House of Lords.

And this time the standard verbatim negative response is trolled out by a Liberal Democrat peer
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/ldhansrd/text/140625w0001.htm#14062535000182.


NEXT STEPS

Once it became clear the government ‘review’ on policy with regards to ‘X’ passports was nothing more than a sham, I made clear that I did not accept the negative outcome and that government would be challenged again and again until that outcome was overturned. The EDM has been the most public challenge to the government so far, and an increasing number of MPs are asking questions including the tabling of written and oral questions to government ministers that go on record. All are getting repetition of the same negative standard response most recently repeated by Baroness Northover in the House of Lords.

The government believes the issue – and the people whose lives are blighted due to societal ignorance – can be ignored but the government position is untenable in the face of evidence and that progress is being made in other parts of the world.

The fight continues.

Within a few weeks I should be able to provide more information about work that has taken place over several months that will culminate in a formal presentation to the government.

Keep watching this space.

If you would like alerts when the site is updated with key information, write to me at Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net and you can subscribe to me on Twitter https://twitter.com/ChristieElancan.


USA

The White House has responded to a recent online petition that attracted over 103K signatures.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/response-we-people-petition-non-binary-genders?utm_source=wethepeople&utm_medium=email&utm_content=nonbinarygender-response

At first reading the response is broadly empathic and advocates best practice at both a federal and state level, noting the importance of individuality and fairness. Crucially however, while avoiding the crass and overtly discriminatory negative tone preferred by HM government in the UK, the response is side stepping the key issue that was clearly presented in the petition and does not actually address the question of provision and the official registration of identity other than male or female.

I have responded to the White House and asked for better clarification on what, if anything, the US government intends to do at the federal level in terms of recognition of identity other than male and female citing New Zealand’s passport policy as an example of best practice.

I encourage everyone who seeks a more definitive response from the White House to submit to:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

The US passport is issued by the federal government whereas other documents (birth and marriage certificates, driving license etc.) are issued by the state governing bodies.


Sexual Health Guide: request for input – can you help?

Sexpression:UK, a non-profit organisation delivering sexual health education to UK schools are preparing a sexual health guide specifically tailored towards ‘non-binary’ people. They are looking for community feedback on what issues to include, what users would like to see in such a guide, what information regarding sexual health that people wish had been available to them while growing up or would still like information on. Those contributing feedback should contact Sophie at advocacy@sexpression.org.uk. For more info see Sexpression:UK website http://sexpression.org.uk/.


Care Quality Commission inspection of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting this NHS Trust from the 2nd of September 2014, which includes Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, St. Mary’s and Western Eye Hospitals.

The inspection team is very interested to hear from anyone who has used services in the last 12 months about their experiences. The inspection team is also keen to hear evidence from local voluntary & community sector groups about the quality and safety of care that their members and service users have experienced. Please tell CQC about your experiences by Monday 28th July 2014.

You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to enquiries@cqc.org.uk, by post to CQC, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA, or you can ring CQC on 03000 616161. Please put the name of the service you are sending information about in the title to help CQC pass it to the right inspection team.

You can send evidence of high-quality care as well as any concerns you have identified.  CQC will use your information to help the inspection team plan the inspection and what to look for on the inspection. The inspection team will ask these five questions about the trust and its services:

·         Is it safe?
·         Is it effective?
·         Is it caring?
·         Is it responsive to people’s needs?
·         Is it well-led?

You can read more about how CQC carry out their inspections on their website

Please note, all communications on the last two items above should be directed to the relevant bodies and not to me.

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

Jun. 27th, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


EARLY DAY MOTION

EDM 47 now stands at 27 signatures – and certainly possible to reach 50 before summer recess if everyone again makes an effort to encourage their MP to sign.

LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER

That this House recognises the issues faced by those in the UK who identify themselves as non-gender, bi-gender or intersex; believes that many of those who are non-gendered or bi-gendered feel compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information; acknowledges that all passports issued by HM Passport Office are currently gender-specific and it is therefore not possible to obtain a passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that, alongside F (Female) and M (Male), the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Document 9303 already contains X (unspecified) as a permitted character for three permitted characters under the mandatory sex element for machine-readable travel documents; notes that in Australia and New Zealand citizens are able to obtain a non-gender specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan also recognise the legitimacy of X as a preferred option when M and F are not appropriate; further believes that allowing this possibility in the UK would go a long way to amend this discriminatory policy which denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges the Government and HM Passport Office to make non-gender-specific X passports available to those UK passport holders who do not identify with a particular gender.

Take a look at the list of signatories and urge your local MP to add their signature if not there already
http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47.

The issue is gaining momentum within Parliament, and the government will eventually be forced to reconsider its negative outright rejection of ‘X’ passports. The inevitable outcome of an entirely sham policy ‘review’ conducted by the passport authority where proposals in favour of ‘X’ passports were not properly considered at all.


FACEBOOK

I see that Facebook has rolled out its multiple ‘gender options’ facility to the UK and increased the list of options to about 70. The previous list of 50 or so options was available only in the US and the list failed to include NON-GENDERED.

I checked Facebook’s home page this morning and the only visible options were male and female – and it would seem the requirement to declare a gendered role to set up a Facebook profile has not changed – only by some complicated process it is apparently now possible to modify and amend your profile having been forced to declare as male or female on registration.

What kind of equality is this?

I’ve got no idea whether non-gendered is included among this confusing maelstrom of options but either way I am not impressed.

What Facebook has engineered amounts to no more than a marketing gimmick that trivialises the issue and is guaranteed to provide a field day for those who don’t require a reason to attack.

Legitimate identity is a fundamental human rights issue – and the lack of legal recognition and basic human rights are not something to be trivialised.

But then I have not been approached by any media and invited to make a comment

Stephen Whittle, on the other hand, is being quoted everywhere and appears to be very impressed with Facebook. Press for Change were not so supportive or enthusiastic when I was trying to raise the issue back in the 1990s at a time where those who would not be afforded legal protection under proposed new legislation (that later manifested as the discriminatory Gender Recognition Act 2004) were instructed by PfC essentially not to rock the boat and screw things up for those who would be guaranteed protection under what PfC would be pushing through.

I think I need a bucket.

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered

Jun. 5th, 2014


CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


EARLY DAY MOTION ON ‘X’ PASSPORTS – LET’S KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM

Here we go again – Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert has re-tabled a widely supported EDM in support of ‘X’ passports. The beginning of a new parliamentary session means the re-tabling is effectively a brand new EDM and the signatures obtained before are not carried over and they all need to be obtained again. Now we have to get behind EDM 47!

http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47

LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER

That this House recognises the issues faced by those in the UK who identify themselves as non-gender, bi-gender or intersex; believes that many of those who are non-gendered or bi-gendered feel compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information; acknowledges that all passports issued by HM Passport Office are currently gender-specific and it is therefore not possible to obtain a passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that, alongside F (Female) and M (Male), the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Document 9303 already contains X (unspecified) as a permitted character for three permitted characters under the mandatory sex element for machine-readable travel documents; notes that in Australia and New Zealand citizens are able to obtain a non-gender specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan also recognise the legitimacy of X as a preferred option when M and F are not appropriate; further believes that allowing this possibility in the UK would go a long way to amend this discriminatory policy which denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges the Government and HM Passport Office to make non-gender-specific X passports available to those UK passport holders who do not identify with a particular gender.

EDM 907 closed with 40 signatures. It is significant that 40 Members of Parliament were prepared to go on record in support of non gender-specific ‘X’ passports for UK passport holders who do not define as male or female. Five years ago this issue did not merit a footnote – believe me, this is (UK style) progress.

With almost a year to run, it is possible to substantially increase the count this time around and I strongly urge everyone who cares about this issue to contact your local representative MP and request their support for EDM 47 either through writing (email is fine) or make an appointment to speak with your MP in person (which you are perfectly entitled to do and it is the job of every MP to work on behalf of ALL the people within their constituency).

http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47

I will again refer to the HM Passport Office equality and diversity statement published on the government website, where the agency undertakes to:

·         recognise the diverse needs of our customers in the development, access and provision of our services
·         monitor and evaluate services to ensure that they do not unfairly discriminate against particular groups
·         treat all our customers, partners and staff with dignity and respect

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-passport-office/about/equality-and-diversity

HM Passport Office does not recognise the existence of people who do not define as male or female and sees no reason to try to meet our needs because we are perceived as insignificant. That we are blatantly discriminated against in the provision of goods and services is of negligible consequence because we are not protected under the highly discriminatory Equality Act 2010. There is no dignity. There is no respect.


PETITIONS
In support of ‘X’ passports in the United Kingdom

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/in-support-of-‘x’-passports-in-the-united-kingdom.html

Legal protection for all trans* and intersex in the UK

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/legal-protection-for-all-trans-and-intersex-in-the-uk.html

Please continue to circulate petitions within your circles.

Countries and regions across the world are now waking up to this issue while the UK governing authorities try to pretend we do not exist in the hope we will eventually go away.

LEGITIMATE IDENTITY IS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT!

It is time to make our voices heard loud and clear

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

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