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Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


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.


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

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.


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


Christie Elan-Cane

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