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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
 

May. 26th, 2014


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


Letter to Nick Clegg

Letter sent today to the Parliamentary Office of Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Dear Nick Clegg

Although I am not associated with any political party, I was truly sorry to see the Liberal Democrats lose so many seats in both the European and local government elections.

But I am not surprised. It appears to me the party has been very open to the idea of giving up on its core values and principles in order to appease its new coalition bedfellows.

The Liberal Democrat party has betrayed many members of the trans* community who saw no benefit at all from the coalition government’s thoroughly discredited trans* equality action plan.

Why did you allow the Conservatives to close the door on ‘X’ passports?

Why did the Liberal Democrat Party not challenge the discriminatory (gendered) wording of same sex couples marriage legislation (certainly NOT equal marriage legislation)? The Scottish Parliament managed to get this RIGHT whereas the Tory/LibDem coalition got it so badly WRONG http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmpublic/marriage/memo/m55.htm.

During the 2010 post election period I was very pleased to be invited to ‘engage’ with the government in the development of the trans* equality action plan ( and, with acknowledgement of non-gendered identity incorporated into the plan, I succeeded in getting ‘X’ passports raised as a specific action point) but ultimately every single thing I said and every point I tried to make was completely ignored by the government – as a person of non-gendered identity I remain socially invisible, without legal recognition, denied a legitimate identity, denied my civil rights and denied many of my fundamental human rights.

The Australian federal government has made ‘X’ passports available to its non male/female identifying citizens, issued guidance to all government departments to include ‘X’ on government forms, and now allows inappropriate gendered references to be removed from the birth certificate all within the time it took the UK government to pull apart and bury ‘X’ passports as the government deliberately mishandled and undermined its own commitment to the most marginalized section within society.

As the Supreme Court of India has ruled in favour of full legal status for trans* citizens who do not define as male or female and the State of California (in recognition of this issue) has introduced legislation that makes marriage gender neutral, how on earth can you claim the government has delivered on equality?

How can you justify the UK government record of failure on this issue?

Sincerely

Etc.


‘X’ PASSPORTS – THE FIGHT GOES ON

More to follow very soon....................................

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

May. 1st, 2014


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


HM Passport Office response to Freedom of Information request

HM Passport Office has provided a response to part of a Freedom of Information request submitted in early March of this year.

The agency has revealed that 18 MPs corresponded either with it or with the Home Office in the first two months of this year with regards to non gender-specific ‘X’ passports on behalf of a constituent.

As we should all be aware, the secrecy that has surrounded this issue and the discrimination that exists within gendered society has, until very recently, prevented any meaningful representation or dialogue with the authorities and therefore any figure put forward in terms of official statistics on this issue would undoubtedly represent less than the tip of an iceberg against the true picture of people who do not define as either male or female within the United Kingdom.

And the UK government is still peddling the lie that there is no demand for ‘X’ passports while choosing to ignore the existence of those rendered invisible by discriminatory laws and policies that force us to deny our identities.


EDM 907

This Parliament session is due to end soon and still there is enough time to increase the signature count for EDM907 http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/907.

If you have not done so, or if your MP has been unresponsive in the past, again I ask you to approach and urge their support for this important issue. There has been an encouraging response within some areas of Parliament as more and more MPs are starting to engage on the issue although this has, unfortunately, not translated into as many signatures as we require.

For continuation of monitoring government response, I ask also that copies of correspondence received from your MP and HM Passport Office regarding this issue can be forwarded to me at Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net.

And looking forward to June with a new Parliament session when the whole process kicks off again.

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

Apr. 29th, 2014


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


‘X’ Passports raised in Written Parliamentary Question to European Commission

Following Early Day Motion 907 tabled on 6 January 2014, this similarly titled WPQ was tabled on 21 January 2014 by Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson.

The WPQ notes the ICAO provision of ‘X’ for sex as “unspecified” on machine readable travel documents, also notes the positive steps taken in Australia and New Zealand and asks what, if any, guidance the Commission has given to encourage EU Member States to allow their citizens to use non gender-specific ‘X’ passports.

The reply from the Commission dated 14 March 2014 states “EU Member States are free to take up the possibility to which the Honourable Member refers. The Commission will, in the appropriate fora, encourage Member States to consider doing so.”

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=WQ&reference=E-2014-000545&language=EN

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

Apr. 18th, 2014


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


INDIA

Something amazing happened on 15 April 2014. Judgment in the Supreme Court of India upheld that trans* people should enjoy full civil and human rights that have traditionally been denied.

More so that the Court recognised the rights of those who do not define as either male or female and has ruled in favour of legal recognition of a ‘third’ category and full constitutional protection.

It is interesting that history is cited more than once in reference to pre colonial rule where sections within Indian society such as the Hijra were once revered until brutally criminalised and denied basic human rights by their western oppressors. It is referenced that basic amenities, such as public bathroom provision, are off-limits to those who do not define as male or female. I raised this same matter with the United Kingdom government during my short period of ‘engagement’ and the idea of “special” provision was largely dismissed (although I did keep trying and will continue to do so).

The Supreme Court judgment cites the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Constitution of India and makes reference to the neutrality of language used in Articles from both documents that apply in this case.

Here is the full text of judgment. And I shall be speaking with my legal advisors very soon.

http://www.humandignitytrust.org/uploaded/Library/Case_Law/NALSA_v._UoI.pdf

For reference:

UDHR
http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#a1

ECHR
http://www.echr.coe.int/Documents/Convention_ENG.pdf

With the exception of Articles that apply to marriage, neutrality is maintained in the wording throughout these two documents.


AUSTRALIA

Readers of this site are probably familiar with Norrie’s case. Norrie has been working for at least as long as I have (and maybe longer) to achieve the ‘right’ to remove inappropriate gendered references from per documentation. Some years ago Norrie was permitted to amend the birth certificate by the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and then permission was cruelly revoked in a very public case that resulted in Norrie taking legal action against the state authority.

Norrie’s persistence has now paid off with a landmark judgment in the High Court of Australia
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2014/11.html

And not to forget the decision in March 2014 of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Assembly to recognise the right of all trans* and intersex to amend the birth certificate and replace with ‘X’ http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/03/20/australia-act-assembly-approves-new-gender-identity-birth-certificate-rules-trans-intersex-people/


USA

Whitehouse Petition now over 100,000 signatures required for a debate
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/legally-recognize-non-binary-genders/j5KvDVvh

Unsurprisingly, this has had no publicity at all in the UK – I am not familiar with how things work in the States but will track this with interest. The USA does not currently permit ‘X’ passports to be issued to its own citizens (although the USA has an international obligation to recognise the document as valid when presented by travellers from countries that do), and the outcome of a debate on the issue could have significant impact on the UK and the rest of Europe.

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

Apr. 9th, 2014


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


AND ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

Borrowing again from the words of dearest Freddie, the hammer has finally fallen on Culture secretary Maria Miller MP who announced resignation from ministerial role today. It remains to be seen whether criminal proceedings will follow and I’m not going to comment further on her finances other than suggest that, in order to be able to “move on”, she could start the process by repaying the £45,000 of public money currently sitting in her bank account. Not doing a link here either because I don’t want to inflict further pain upon my Facebook readers (where most of my posts on this website are copied) with projection of another image of her.

While I have no misapprehensions that her replacement as head of DCMS and the Equalities portfolio will be any better, I am so pleased that Maria Miller has gone.

She was the puppet, put in place by a Tory led coalition government, to oversee the deliberate abandonment of pledges made to trans* community during the period of her predecessor Lynne Featherstone MP. Having been involved in the government’s ‘engagement process’ for the trans* equality action plan while under the direction of Lynne Featherstone, I subsequently tried on numerous occasions to ‘engage’ with Miller and Helen Grant MP and did not receive one single reply (although I did get auto-responses that indicated my emails had been successfully delivered). Furthermore, I was completely frozen out of the ‘engagement’ process as GEO personnel changed under Miller’s stewardship and the issues I cared about and fought for were not being discussed any more.

There was consolation the passport policy ‘review’ process was already under way, an action that Miller and co. could not get away with dropping. And, as readers of this site will know, the review was no more than a sham. As the Australian Federal Government embraced ‘X’ and the New Zealand authorities were working on improving an already enlightened policy on ‘X’, the UK government was interested only in how the issue of ‘X’ passports and the wider issue of legitimate identity for people who do not define as male or female could be shafted.

And the UK government has, under Maria Miller’s dubious stewardship as head of DCMS, gone to extraordinary lengths to do just that – although the government has not succeeded in its efforts and has only dug itself into a hole when the course of events eventually will become public.

But Maria Miller, awful as she was, was acting under instruction. She was put in charge of trans* issues because she did not give a damn but she was not ultimately responsible for the government decision to renege on a commitment to improve the lives of ALL trans* people.

I am glad she is gone but far more questions still remain unanswered – and the damage that was done during Miller’s period of high office needs to be undone.


A brief note on Whitehouse petition – now over 92,000 signatures and on course to reach target.

It was pointed out that petition accepts signatures from outside the US although you will need to register on the Whitehouse website beforehand. And I’ve tried it and it works! However, word of caution, I’m not sure whether views from outside the US will be included in the count when the petition closes and I assume a manual assessment will be made. But it looks as though outside help will not be needed as this petition is well on course to reach target of 100K signatures before close.

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

Apr. 8th, 2014


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



WHITEHOUSE PETITION

Petition to Obama administration tops 88K signatures!

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/legally-recognize-non-binary-genders/j5KvDVvh

I’m not at all familiar with the US system but informed that 100K signatures could lead to a debate in the Whitehouse.

Not sure where this is going – but urge anyone who is reading this from the US to support – only a short time to go before timed out but on course to reach target 100K!

In meantime.............

My petitions are not time constrained and will remain online until objectives are achieved – although cannot get close to matching signature achievement of our US cousins.

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



EDM

There is a short time to go before the end of this Parliament session and still time for new signatures to be added to Early Day Motion (EDM) 907. If you have not done so, I urge you to contact your local parliamentary representative and urge they support this motion. I understand that Julian Huppert is prepared to re-table the EDM in the next Parliament session but all signatures will need to be sought again therefore ongoing support for the issue is essential.

Check to see if your MP has signed EDM 907 http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/907.

We need realistically no less than 100 Member signatures in order to push for a debate in the House.

Just remember this – the UK government has reneged on a commitment to improve the lives of ALL trans* people in an underhand and despicable way. A policy ‘review’ on proposals for ‘X’ passports was nothing more than a sham and the government has gone to great and disproportionate lengths in order to undermine its own commitment on this issue in the knowledge that people are condemned to social invisibility and denied legitimate identity through discriminatory laws and policies. Non-gendered and bi-gendered people are denied civil rights and fundamental human rights that others can take for granted within a so-called democratic society.

I remain hopeful it is possible to have the discriminatory decision to reject ‘X’ passports overturned and, yes, that will indeed lead to calls for a wider implementation of a third option in other areas and the removal of the unnecessary requirement to declare ‘M/F’ in other areas – as we are seeing already in Australia.


Finally, in light of what was brought to my attention this week; not worth spending time fighting dinosaurs and not getting into online debates on the matter but, as I was the probable subject used in her tabloid piece, here is my response to Janett Scott..........

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

Apr. 3rd, 2014


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


CENSORSHIP BY GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER

Referring to Guardian article titled ‘Culture secretary Maria Miller apologises over mortgage expenses’ published today http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/03/culture-secretary-maria-miller-ordered-apologise-mortgage-expenses#comment-33909314.

Here is the comment the Guardian Newspaper did not want you to read:

“The other scandal for which Maria Miller should be forced to resign from her Ministerial position has never attracted public or media attention. Her appointment as Equalities Minister meant she inherited responsibility for the delivery of a series of commitments made by the coalition government towards the trans* community. As the government forged ahead on a highly publicised LGBT 'equalities' initiative, all attention was focussed on same sex marriage while commitments to T were quietly dropped. This was not accidental. Maria Miller was put there for the purpose of steering through on vote winning and relatively 'safe' deliverables while the most marginalized sections of society were (and continue to be) ignored in a calculated and deliberate attempt to bury issues the government does not want to address (in stark contrast to what is happening in Australia where inclusive policies have been embraced by the Federal Government). Maria Miller, and her sidekick Helen Grant (also subject to questions raised about personal expenses), are a thorough disgrace - AND THEY SHOULD GO.”

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