Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
Freedom of Information request
My FOI request to the Identity and Passport Service was rejected under section 35 (1)(a) that concerns the formulation or development of government policy. The response concluded that disclosure of information about the policy review at this stage does not serve the public interest.
In the second stage response, the Home Office have confirmed there are currently no plans for a public consultation.
I do not intend to pursue further with the Information Commissioner because I believe doing so would be a waste of time.
This is not the end of the matter however.
Non-gendered people in the United Kingdom are forced to deny our identity when we apply for a passport and consequentially we are forced to become unwilling collaborators in the compounding of our own social invisibility.
Non-gendered people in the United Kingdom are forced to carry a travel document that is accepted generically as an item of personal identification that is a gross misrepresentation of the core identity.
Non-gendered people in the United Kingdom are forced to compromise on entering civil marriage with a personal identification document that contains a gendered reference if the passport is used as confirmation of identity when registering, and compromise will still apply assuming the government approves the motion for ‘gender-neutral’ same-sex civil marriage.
This – at a time other countries are starting to break down the barriers that prevent non-gendered participation within society through their according the most basic level of provision by the issuing of non gender-specific documentation.
And at a time the United Nations are urging all countries to recognise the fact that not all human beings can identify within a societal boundary limited to male or female and that provision should be accorded, set within the context of a broader highlighting of inequalities experienced by transpeople across the globe.
The chance for positive change in the UK is now and must not be allowed to slip through our hands.
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
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