Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
EDM: ‘LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER’
An Early Day Motion (EDM) was tabled today by my parliamentary representative, the Rt Hon Simon Hughes in support of people who do not define as male or female in the UK. The EDM was co-sponsored by MPs Julian Huppert, Hywel Francis, Geraint Davies, Nigel Evans and David Lammy.
The EDM specifically “.....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.”
Read the full text here http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/889
This is excellent and very long awaited. HM Passport Office has to date failed to honour an undertaking to publish the evidence of a deeply flawed ‘review’ of proposals to introduce ‘X’ passports to the UK. For as long as I have been campaigning to raise awareness of this issue, successive governments have tried to keep the issue under the radar – and consign the people affected by the issue to social invisibility. This situation now has to change. It can no longer be considered acceptable within a democratic society that certain people are condemned to life on the margins of society for no reason other than for being who they are. Legitimate identity is a fundamental human right and governments around the world are slowly waking up to that fact.
CALL FOR ACTION: ASK YOUR MP TO SUPPORT ‘X’ PASSPORTS IN THE UK
Now that Simon Hughes’ EDM has been tabled it is ESSENTIAL that we can show there is support for this issue. I am asking all UK residents/British passport holders who require non gender-specific documentation to contact your local parliamentary representative and urge they add their signature to the EDM. If you are unsure who your MP is, you can find out here http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/. Write to your MP or, better still, make an appointment with your MP at their local surgery and urge them to sign the motion. It will make a better impact if you can visit your MP in person because they can get the chance to see that we are real human beings!!
There has never been a better opportunity to make our voices heard – loud and clear – that we are not prepared to be treated as non citizens of the United Kingdom.
PS. To the best of my knowledge, the recently introduced policy change in Germany does not permit ‘X’ passports to be issued to anyone other than German citizens registered as ‘not specified’ on the birth certificate.
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
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