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April 10th, 2016

Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


Last Wednesday 06 April 2016 was our Silver Anniversary. It was 06 April 1991 that my partner and I first met and, as we cannot formalise our partnership, every year we commemorate the day as our anniversary. Here are my lovely partner David’s thoughts before and after our special Anniversary.

Trans* Equality: The Enemy Within

I have campaigned for more than 20 years for legitimate identity that most people can take for granted. I do not want for the rest of my life to be spent on hold and in a state of precarious limbo while my fundamental right of equal co-existence is debated by others.

It is an unfortunate fact that certain unaccountable, faceless individuals have for some time exerted undue authority where matters pertaining to my rights are concerned.

The UK Government is due to respond shortly to the Select Committee’s recommendation that the UK must allow for the introduction of non gender-specific ‘X’ Passports and it is ESSENTIAL that the decision process is transparent and unimpeded by those with an ulterior and prejudicial interest.

Read my latest blog for HuffPost UK ‘Trans* Equality: The Enemy Within

EDM 660

Parliamentary Early Day Motion 660 has just a few more weeks to run before session close.

That this House recognises the support expressed during the last parliamentary session to address the issues faced by people whose identities are neither male nor female; believes that people are compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information; acknowledges that all passports issued by HM Passport Office are currently gender-specific and it is therefore not possible to obtain a British passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that the International Civil Aviation Organisation standard specification for machine-readable travel documents (ICAO Document 9303) permits X (unspecified) alongside F (female) and M (male) under a mandatory sex category; notes that citizens of Australia and New Zealand are able to obtain a non gender-specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan make provision for their citizens when neither M nor F are appropriate; further believes that similar provision is needed in the UK where current discriminatory policy denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges that the Government and HM Passport Office make non gender-specific X passports available in the UK to people who do not identify with a particular gender.

All MPs should be encouraged to support the motion.

More to follow very soon.

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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