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



‘X’ PASSPORTS IN THE UK

I posted here on 9th April that I hoped very soon to be able to provide a significant update in the long running battle against HM Passport Office and its discriminatory passport policy [that forces UK passport holders to accept a gendered reference – either ‘M’ or ‘F’ – on their passport even when such gendered classification is inappropriate and wrong].

I have not updated the site with ongoing commentary in recent months however this does not mean that I have been complacent in my efforts to challenge the policy and neither should the lack of imparted information be read as an indicator that nothing is happening.

I can only repeat that I hope there can be a significant update soon.

This particular battle against an immovable government institution that has determinedly and wilfully condemned people to social invisibility as it has determinedly and wilfully failed to recognise the legitimacy – and the reality – of non-gendered identity has taken far, far too long.

In the meantime, anyone who wants to learn more about the history and a whole catalogue of underhand and somewhat sinister measures undertaken in recent years by HM Passport Office [and the UK Government] with the sole purpose to bury ‘X’ Passports and the wider needs of those who require them can scroll back through the site’s archives.


Legitimate Identity is a Fundamental Human Right

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

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



‘X’ PASSPORTS IN THE UK

It has taken a long, long time for me to be in a position where I can provide an update on the fundamental battle against HM Passport Office’s discriminatory passport policy.

I do hope finally to provide a significant update very soon – keep reading this site for further info.

In the meantime EDM 11 calling upon the UK Government to make provision for non gender-specific ‘X’ PASSPORTS is close to reaching the coveted 100 signatures.

All MPs should be urged to support the motion.

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The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



RBS GROUP

I’m really pleased to report that the entire RBS Group (includes NatWest and a number of other banks) have removed the requirement for personal customers to enter a gender in order to register to receive online banking services.

NatWest Bank customers can register for online banking here

Customers of other banks within the RBS Group can register on their bank’s website.

I’ve been advised that RBS are striving to further adapt its systems across all areas of banking provision in co-ordination with other banking service providers in order to make provision for customers who do not define their identity as either male or female.

Many thanks to Marc and the team at RBS for their continuing work on this significant issue.


PARLIAMENTARY EARLY DAY MOTION (EDM) 11

EDM 11 tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb calls upon the UK Government to follow the lead taken by countries that permit the issuance of non gender-specific ‘X’ Passports.

More than 70 MPs have signed the motion so far and I’m assured that more signatures are on the way.

It is essential that EDM 11 achieves not less than 100 signatures to stand any chance of a parliamentary debate being held that is devoted specifically to the subject of ‘X’ Passports.

EDMs have no executive powers yet they can be highly effective in drawing political and public attention to important issues that would otherwise get ignored.

All MPs should be encouraged to support EDM 11. Is your MP on the list? You can find out here

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



What a Difference a Year Makes!
                                                                     
Could anyone really have predicted the seismic political events that occurred over the last year and the disconcerting aura that pervaded at the end of 2016?

A brief update to say that I have not gone to ground but there has been a distinct lack of newsworthy stuff to pass on via this site in recent weeks that may or may not be connected to an overall sense of things moving backwards. I do not believe that progress in terms of NON-GENDERED recognition is going backwards because there was effectively no progress in the first place.

On a personal level, my partner and I recently moved home and we now live more than 100 miles outside London. It was a move that we’d planned for some time that had taken several months to execute and was not without trauma. I was born in London and I’ve spent most of my life there. I’d moved around a lot in my early twenties and I’d lived in various parts of London before I managed to settle in Chelsea, SW3 which I will always regard as my home despite that I was driven out several years ago by an early manifestation of the kind of parasitic speculation that eventually engulfed the whole of London and then spread to infect much of the country. I had lived for the last 26 years in Southwark where I began my campaign and eventually the process of engagement with my former MP Simon Hughes to get the issue of NON-GENDERED disenfranchisement raised within Parliament.

Leaving London after all this time has been a culture shock however I feel that we have done the right thing. I certainly do have some withdrawal symptoms. I miss the familiarity. I miss the restaurants, the amenities and the relative ease of access to attend meetings but I do not miss the pollution and the overcrowding that I had found stifling in more recent years. Most of all I do not miss the anonymous and speculative glass towers that are now a common feature of the capital city that stand empty as more and more of London’s people are driven out due to unaffordability and, for us, an inexorable sense that London has lost something – its beating heart.

Insofar as the campaign in concerned, as indicated in my last posting on the site, it really is a matter of business as usual – and now that we are getting used to our new locality I am prepared to push harder than ever to win and to secure the legal and social recognition of NON-GENDERED IDENTITY upon a principle of legitimate identity as a fundamental human right.


EDM 11

More than 70 MPs have now added their signature to support EDM 11.

A reminder to everyone to contact your MP and urge them to sign the motion. It is more important than ever that the message is heard loud and clear within Parliament. ‘X’ PASSPORTS NOW!!!

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

Nov. 29th, 2016

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



BACK TO BUSINESS – AT LAST!

I am finally back online after an unacceptably prolonged disruption of broadband service provision. I have not had access to my emails for three weeks and it will take some time to get through the backlog but I’m making progress. If you have tried to contact me during this period then I will respond eventually. I do not believe that any messages were lost.

The disruption was due to the fact that my partner and I had just moved home. I had informed our service provider British Telecommunications (BT) three weeks ahead of the move and an engineer appointment was scheduled in order to connect our property. We were allocated a new number for the new address. It was not until three days after we moved to the new address (and I called BT because the engineer had not shown up within the scheduled timeframe) that BT informed me that our new property and the building in which it is located were not connected to the telecoms exchange. That was the beginning of what often appeared to be a David versus Goliath battle of wills to get BT to do the work and provide a service. Even more galling is that BT are solely responsible for installing the cabling in place to connect properties to the telecoms exchange network.

But back to business – at last!


Parliamentary Debate on UK Government response to Trans* Equality Report

A parliamentary debate on the Government Response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee’s ‘Transgender Equality’ Report published in January of this year will take place on Thursday 1 December 2016. More info can be found here.

This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from MPs Maria Miller, Ruth Cadbury and Angela Crawley.


USA: ‘X’ Passport legal case victory

On Tuesday 22 November a court in Denver, CO ruled that the U.S. State Department had violated federal law when it denied a passport to Dana Zzyym, a U.S. citizen and Navy veteran who is intersex. The State Department denied Dana’s passport application because Dana could not accurately choose either male or female on the application form. More can be found here.


EDM 11

A further reminder to everyone who cares about this issue to contact your MP and urge them to sign EDM 11 in support of ‘X’ Passports in the UK.

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

Oct. 27th, 2016

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



Introduction of gender-neutral public announcements on London’s transport network

Regular travellers on London’s tube network might have noticed by now that new public announcements are being rolled out to replace the ubiquitous “Ladies and Gentlemen ……” with the more inclusive “Customers ……” or “Passengers ……”

Transport for London (TfL) management responded positively to my approach and suggestion that public announcements throughout the tube network should use gender-neutral terms.

I had noticed there was not much discernible change after a period of six months and followed-up to question how the change was being implemented. I was pleasantly surprised.

TfL management does understand the significance of the issue and the aim is not just to introduce gender-neutral public announcements on the tube but to establish continuity across London’s entire transport network, incorporating bus services where drivers are employed by other operators under TfL jurisdiction.

This represents an organisational change where ongoing training and guidance will be provided across the TfL organisation in order that employees become familiar with the new announcements. Some staff members have worked with the organisation for more than 20 years and need to acclimatise to the new terminology however new staff will receive appropriate guidance from the outset and eventually all TfL public announcements will be gender neutral.

I’d like feedback on your experiences traveling on TfL.

Write to Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net and let me know which areas, stations etc. are getting it right and where TfL needs to improve. This is a fact finding and not a name and shame exercise.

Your name and details will not be forwarded to TfL.


EDM 11

Don’t forget to contact your MP and urge their support for ‘X’ Passports. The aim is still to exceed 100 signatures in time for a parliamentary debate to be called before end of this session.

MP signatories to date.


Life Beyond Bizarre!

Don’t forget to read my latest blog on HuffPost UK. Events that led to the start of my campaign for legitimate identity as a fundamental human right. Far more bitter than sweet.

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



Life Beyond Bizarre!

Just a quick note that my latest blog can be found on HuffPost UK


The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



Introduction of gender-neutral public announcements on London’s tube network

Last December I reported that Transport for London (TfL) had responded positively after I approached its senior management with the suggestion that the ubiquitous “Ladies and Gentlemen……...” customer announcements should be replaced by gender-neutral terms of address throughout its tube network.

TfL management explained that neutral announcements would be phased in and that the first noticeable change would be in ‘live’ announcements where it was just a matter of announcers using neutral terms such as such as “Customers……...” or “Passengers……...”.

Theoretically this was all fine but as often happens did not move smoothly into practice and after several months I had not noticed any discernible difference. I am admittedly not a regular traveller on the network however during the times I have used the service the only neutral announcements I heard were ‘live’ at my local station which does manage to get it right some but not all of the time.

I relayed my concerns about the lack of progress back to TfL management and the organisation is genuinely anxious to progress with ‘live’ announcements and bring consistency across the network.

I’d like to hear whether anyone has experienced a noticeable change in TfL tube network customer announcements. In particular I’d like to know whether there are any particular stations where gender-neutral announcements have become standard practice, whether there is some change or none at all. I will stress this is a fact finding mission and not a name-and-shame exercise.

Feedback on TfL’s implementation of gender-neutral announcements should be sent to
Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 
CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure




‘X’ PASSPORTS IN THE UK

The ultimate purpose of a current survey of ICAO member states referenced in my earlier post remains unclear. However………

It certainly does appear that HM Passport Office (HMPO) took full advantage of time afforded after the Women and Equalities Select Committee’s first inquiry on the subject of ‘Transgender Equality’ was announced on 27 July 2015 in the knowledge that its activities could not be subject to scrutiny.

There is a risk that non gender-specific ‘X’ might be removed from ICAO Document 9303 – the internationally accepted specification for machine readable travel documents – if HMPO reports back to the ICAO in December 2016 that the majority of member states do not support the inclusion of a non gender-specific option under the mandatory ‘Sex’ data field.

The ICAO has already formally agreed to put HMPO’s findings forward for implementation.

The objective behind HMPO’s survey could be uncharacteristically benign, such as HMPO aiming to secure agreement among ICAO member states that international obligations are upheld and that travellers with an ‘X’ Passport are allowed equal rights of passage upon arrival at member states’ national border control as benefitted by other travellers. However………

HMPO has an extremely poor record in this respect. The organisation’s senior policy directors are known to be overtly and singularly hostile towards ‘X’ Passports.

The Response from Government to the Select Committee Report makes its position very clear on Page 23 “We maintain the need for gender to be gathered at the point of application and included in the passport chip to assist law enforcement and border agencies.”.

I am not commenting further or advocating a particular course of action until there is clarity.

I hope to be able to provide an update in due course concerning the legal case that has been pending against the discriminatory passport policy administered by HMPO in the UK.


EDM 11

Parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) 11 is the fifth motion to be tabled by MPs over four consecutive sessions calling upon the UK Government to change its discriminatory policy on ‘X’ Passports.

EDM 660 in the last session was supported by 100 MPs but the target figure was reached on the final day of parliamentary session and too late for a debate to be called.

Each motion has built upon and exceeded the support of earlier motions therefore I am reasonably confident that EDM 11 can achieve 100 signatures in this session and with enough time to call for a debate despite the ensuing chaos that has engulfed politics and the whole country in recent months.

As anyone who has followed me on this site should know, EDMs have no executive powers and a widely supported EDM does not automatically guarantee a parliamentary debate.

EDMs are an extremely useful mechanism to raise the profile of issues that otherwise would be ignored. It is a significant achievement to get 100+ MPs to support an EDM and this will have been noted. To that extent the tabling of successive EDMs has been highly successful.

I am appealing again to everyone who cares about this issue. Contact your MP and strongly urge them to sign EDM 11 in support of ‘X’ Passports. You can find your MP’s details here.

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 
CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



‘X’ PASSPORTS IN THE UK

The UK Government has finally issued its response to trans* equality report published in January.

It would appear the UK Government has put measures in place where the intention is to persuade the ICAO to remove completely the non gender-specific ‘X’ option from its data specification for machine readable travel documents.

An aggressive and sinister move that, should it succeed, erases for the foreseeable future any possibility of the UK following the lead taken by countries with more progressive social policies in place. The UK Government would also be responsible for the removal of an existing right accorded to citizens of those countries by their own governments.

I am not commenting further at this moment.

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