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November 29th, 2016

Nov. 29th, 2016

Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


I am finally back online after an unacceptably prolonged disruption of broadband service provision. I have not had access to my emails for three weeks and it will take some time to get through the backlog but I’m making progress. If you have tried to contact me during this period then I will respond eventually. I do not believe that any messages were lost.

The disruption was due to the fact that my partner and I had just moved home. I had informed our service provider British Telecommunications (BT) three weeks ahead of the move and an engineer appointment was scheduled in order to connect our property. We were allocated a new number for the new address. It was not until three days after we moved to the new address (and I called BT because the engineer had not shown up within the scheduled timeframe) that BT informed me that our new property and the building in which it is located were not connected to the telecoms exchange. That was the beginning of what often appeared to be a David versus Goliath battle of wills to get BT to do the work and provide a service. Even more galling is that BT are solely responsible for installing the cabling in place to connect properties to the telecoms exchange network.

But back to business – at last!

Parliamentary Debate on UK Government response to Trans* Equality Report

A parliamentary debate on the Government Response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee’s ‘Transgender Equality’ Report published in January of this year will take place on Thursday 1 December 2016. More info can be found here.

This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from MPs Maria Miller, Ruth Cadbury and Angela Crawley.

USA: ‘X’ Passport legal case victory

On Tuesday 22 November a court in Denver, CO ruled that the U.S. State Department had violated federal law when it denied a passport to Dana Zzyym, a U.S. citizen and Navy veteran who is intersex. The State Department denied Dana’s passport application because Dana could not accurately choose either male or female on the application form. More can be found here.

EDM 11

A further reminder to everyone who cares about this issue to contact your MP and urge them to sign EDM 11 in support of ‘X’ Passports in the UK.

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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