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Feb. 12th, 2015

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



EARLY DAY MOTION 47

Time is fast running out and we need urgently to secure just another 30 MP signatures in order to push for a full parliamentary debate for provision of non gender-specific ‘X’ Passports in the UK.


We have achieved 68 signatures to date, which is monumental given the determined reluctance of anyone not personally affected by this issue to talk about it. This achievement could not have happened even two years ago and the issue is very much under the radar however the message of legitimate identity as a fundamental human right is beginning to get through and support is growing.

I want to thank all those MPs who have supported the motion so far and to many supporters who have approached their local parliamentary representatives and urged they get behind this issue.

Provision of ‘X’ Passports is now incorporated into Liberal Democrat Party policy and work is being undertaken to ensure the issue is adopted as policy by other parties.

A further representation will shortly be made to HM Passport Office and I will keep the site updated when I have more news of the date and a potential outcome.

In the meantime, once more I am reminding everyone whose MP is not on the list to contact them and urge in the strongest sense that they should add their signature.

‘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.”

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

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