NON-GENDERED - Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the societal gender system
Last updated: 14 May 2016
Campaign: NON-GENDERED - Fighting for Legal Recognition
I campaign upon a principle of legitimate identity as a fundamental human right.
For more than 20 years I have fought for legitimate identity that others can take for granted.
I campaign for non-gendered peoples' right to co-exist as equals within gendered society.
I campaign for legal and social recognition, visibility and provision for non-gendered people.
I brought the issue into the political arena in 2005 and later became involved with the coalition government's trans* equality action plan between 2010-2012 where I pushed extensively for non-gendered inclusion in all areas of public policy.
I campaign for a third non gender-specific option for all essential items of identification and public sector records (eg. government departments) and for the removal of unnecessary requirement for gendered role in the commercial sector (eg. to open a bank account).
Non gender-specific 'X' Passports are a focal point of my campaign because provision for their implementation exists under an international agreement and precedents have been set in other countries. HM Passport Office refuses to permit issuance of 'X' Passports in the UK and this discriminatory policy needs to change.
My campaign was behind a series of parliamentary EDMs tabled in sessions 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and the current 2016-17. The EDMs call upon the UK Government for provision of non gender-specific 'X' Passports to people who do not define as either male or female. EDM 47 achieved support from 80 MPs in 2014-15. EDM 660 built on that support and achieved 100 MP signatures in 2015-16 session. EDM 11 was tabled on the opening day of 2016-17 Session and the aim is for EDM 11 to exceed 100 signatures early enough in the Session to be able to call for a full parliamentary debate on 'X' Passports.
I have engaged the services of two prominent and distinguished law firms - Clifford Chance and K&L Gates - the former compiled a detailed report that outlines compelling reasons why 'X' Passports should be issued in the UK. The report was presented to HM Passport Office in February 2015. Preparation for judicial review proceedings against HM Passport Office's discriminatory policy is currently in process.
Political and legal engagement is ongoing.
In October 2015 I presented oral evidence to Commons Select Committee for trans* equality inquiry and referenced in report published January 2016 that made a number of key recommendations to the UK government that included strong support for 'X' Passports.
LiveJournal is currently my main site and presents a reverse chronological account that goes back to 2008. All entries can be retrieved through Archive.
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