March 23rd, 2010

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Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the societal gender system



A quick update as Baroness Sarah Ludford’s written question to the European Commission is now online.


Baroness Ludford is a Liberal Democrat MEP for the London area and I am very pleased that she has agreed to support the issue of legal recognition for those of us whose core identities place us outside the gendered societal structure.



But not all good in Australia:


The office of the Attorney General of New South Wales state government has intervened and had revoked the first non gender-specific ‘recognised details certificate’ issued in place of a birth certificate. The legality of the document has been called into question.


I am certainly not a legal expert but surely the document could not have been issued at all if not in compliance with state legislature.


Norrie, the NSW resident recipient is understandably devastated and I understand an application to the Australian Human Rights Commission is planned.


This is a shameful situation and no way to treat a human being. Social invisibility has rendered us somehow less than human in the eyes of many within the privileged gendered majority and this serves as a reminder that the battle is far from won. This setback will not make the issue go away as people like Norrie refuse to be driven underground.



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