Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
HM Passport Office response to Freedom of Information request
HM Passport Office has provided a response to part of a Freedom of Information request submitted in early March of this year.
The agency has revealed that 18 MPs corresponded either with it or with the Home Office in the first two months of this year with regards to non gender-specific ‘X’ passports on behalf of a constituent.
As we should all be aware, the secrecy that has surrounded this issue and the discrimination that exists within gendered society has, until very recently, prevented any meaningful representation or dialogue with the authorities and therefore any figure put forward in terms of official statistics on this issue would undoubtedly represent less than the tip of an iceberg against the true picture of people who do not define as either male or female within the United Kingdom.
And the UK government is still peddling the lie that there is no demand for ‘X’ passports while choosing to ignore the existence of those rendered invisible by discriminatory laws and policies that force us to deny our identities.
This Parliament session is due to end soon and still there is enough time to increase the signature count for EDM907 http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/907.
If you have not done so, or if your MP has been unresponsive in the past, again I ask you to approach and urge their support for this important issue. There has been an encouraging response within some areas of Parliament as more and more MPs are starting to engage on the issue although this has, unfortunately, not translated into as many signatures as we require.
For continuation of monitoring government response, I ask also that copies of correspondence received from your MP and HM Passport Office regarding this issue can be forwarded to me at Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net.
And looking forward to June with a new Parliament session when the whole process kicks off again.
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered