Christie Elan-Cane (elancane) wrote,
Christie Elan-Cane

Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


After more than a year of deliberating under the pretext of a phony “review” the Identity and Passport Service have finally provided an answer regarding the ‘X’ passport as an acceptable alternative to gendered indicators ‘M’ and ‘F’ for UK passport holders who do not define as male or female and for whom gendered references are not appropriate. Regular readers of this site will be aware that ‘X’ is a legitimate passport option in some countries including Australia and New Zealand.

In a response to a letter from my parliamentary representative Simon Hughes MP, the IPS have categorically rejected ‘X’ passports for those who desperately require non gender-specific identification.

The response from Sarah Rapson, Chief Executive of IPS and Registrar General for England and Wales, is not only highly offensive on many counts but reflects an unbelievable ignorance of the law.

Furthermore it is apparent that, were non-gendered and indeed ALL trans* and intersex people able to claim protection from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, this kind of discrimination against the most marginalized within society would not be allowed to go unchallenged.

And the unacceptable discrimination shown by the IPS categorically will NOT go unchallenged and this is most certainly not the end of the matter.

After careful thought, I’ve decided there is nothing to be gained from reproducing the IPS letter in its entirely here but I am prepared to forward a copy to any interested party on request. Please write to me at with your full name and indicate why this issue is of concern to you.

It is now clear there was never any intention on the part of the IPS to change current discriminatory policy and the whole process was a farce from beginning to end – despite an undertaking incorporated into the government’s trans* equality action plan, on which I have already expressed my misgivings in a previous posting.

This is undoubtedly a setback and the fight for equality and justice continues.

It is imperative – more so than ever – that people are prepared to put their names to my two online petitions and fight for change – the UK governing authorities must be made to understand that equality is for EVERYONE!

Legal protection for all trans* and intersex in the UK

In support of ‘X’ passports in the United Kingdom‘x’-passports-in-the-united-kingdom.html


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

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