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November 27th, 2014

Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure

Early Day Motion

EDM No. 47 reaches 60 signatures – at last!! http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47

We are not to be complacent – the target remains 100+ MP signatures before end of this parliamentary session in the spring of next year!

Is your MP on the signatory list? Contact your MP and urge their support for this important issue.

You can find your local MPs contact details here http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

Write to the Home Secretary

Home Secretary Theresa May must reopen the door on ‘X’ passports – firmly closed after a fake policy ‘review’ where proposals in favour of ‘X’ were not considered at all. HM Passport Office was stripped of its ‘executive agency’ status earlier this year and it was the semi-autonomous status of HM Passport Office that allowed the lines of accountability to become blurred as subsequently no one wanted to admit responsibility for the sham outcome of a sham ‘review’. What was very clear is there had been a deliberate attempt to bury the issue despite the evident need for provision of non gender-specific documentation for people who do not define as male or female. The government chose to ignore this need with the assumption that our social invisibility would prevent the issue ever seeing the light of day – a callous decision that undermined the need of recognition for people who do not define as male or female and grossly underestimated the determination of myself and others that this issue should not be allowed to die. Furthermore the government completely failed to appreciate the level of support there would be from other sections of society, both from within and outside the political arena, as more people become aware of the issue and regard our situation as unacceptable within a modern democratic society. I believe that by now the government has realised their decision was WRONG on all counts as the fight for legitimate identity continues.

As HM Passport Office is now effectively a department within the Home Office, there is no disputing that Home Secretary and department head Theresa May has overall responsibility for passport policy and is answerable only to No. 10 Downing Street. Theresa May should be reminded of her earlier commitment to address the barriers faced by non-gendered trans* while occupying a dual role of Home Secretary and Equalities Minister, under the government’s trans* equality action plan https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/85498/transgender-action-plan.pdf. Write to mayt@parliament.uk and urge the door on ‘X’ passports is re-opened.

Here is copy of my letter to the Home Secretary - not a template but can be used for guidance http://elancane.livejournal.com/24946.html

I request that Home Office and local MPs responses where received are forwarded to Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net.

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


Christie Elan-Cane

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