July 16th, 2015

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Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


It’s been quite a while since I posted – not much to say after devastating general election results that swept away much of the hard won support for ‘X’ Passports as the gateway to addressing the wider issues surrounding the legitimizing of non-gendered identity. While continuing my efforts and looking for inroads where the issue can be progressed under an overtly hostile right-wing administration for whom the T in LGBT is a minor irritation that can be ignored. It is not that I am having to start over again because the government cannot claim to be unaware of the issue. But it is a fact that many of those with the worst record on LGB (never mind the T) are still around and in positions of greater power and many allies who might (eventually) have challenged the Government over its abysmal failure to meet commitments that were made to the trans* community are gone. And with the truly dreadful Maria Miller chairing the parliamentary Commons Select Committee that was set up to scrutinize the work (pour over the failings) of her former department governing the ‘equalities’ portfolio, it does appear the lunatics really have taken over the asylum.

I do not relish the prospect of future engagement with people who occupy extraordinarily privileged positions of power and have knowingly and willingly been prepared to condemn those in my position to social invisibility and a life spent on the margins because (i) they are inherently deeply transphobic and (ii) they lack the intellectual capacity to grasp the issue.

Prior to GE 2015, it had not been my intention to follow-up EDM 47 that achieved the support of 80 sitting MPs in the last session. But a week – or a month or two – is a very long time and with some hesitation considered we do need to keep the momentum and build upon what was achieved. There will be another EDM tabling and I will again be asking everyone to get behind and contact your parliamentary representatives and aim once more for 100+ signatures. More to follow very soon.

HM Passport Office has not provided a substantive response to submission of the Clifford Chance Report earlier this year and we are in the process of moving on to the next stage. I am very pleased to inform that Blackstone Chambers are now involved and I’m confident we can launch a successful legal challenge against the UK passport authority’s failure and its mishandling of ‘X’ Passports. Again, more to follow in due course.

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