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CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


Letter to Nick Clegg

Letter sent today to the Parliamentary Office of Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Dear Nick Clegg

Although I am not associated with any political party, I was truly sorry to see the Liberal Democrats lose so many seats in both the European and local government elections.

But I am not surprised. It appears to me the party has been very open to the idea of giving up on its core values and principles in order to appease its new coalition bedfellows.

The Liberal Democrat party has betrayed many members of the trans* community who saw no benefit at all from the coalition government’s thoroughly discredited trans* equality action plan.

Why did you allow the Conservatives to close the door on ‘X’ passports?

Why did the Liberal Democrat Party not challenge the discriminatory (gendered) wording of same sex couples marriage legislation (certainly NOT equal marriage legislation)? The Scottish Parliament managed to get this RIGHT whereas the Tory/LibDem coalition got it so badly WRONG http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmpublic/marriage/memo/m55.htm.

During the 2010 post election period I was very pleased to be invited to ‘engage’ with the government in the development of the trans* equality action plan ( and, with acknowledgement of non-gendered identity incorporated into the plan, I succeeded in getting ‘X’ passports raised as a specific action point) but ultimately every single thing I said and every point I tried to make was completely ignored by the government – as a person of non-gendered identity I remain socially invisible, without legal recognition, denied a legitimate identity, denied my civil rights and denied many of my fundamental human rights.

The Australian federal government has made ‘X’ passports available to its non male/female identifying citizens, issued guidance to all government departments to include ‘X’ on government forms, and now allows inappropriate gendered references to be removed from the birth certificate all within the time it took the UK government to pull apart and bury ‘X’ passports as the government deliberately mishandled and undermined its own commitment to the most marginalized section within society.

As the Supreme Court of India has ruled in favour of full legal status for trans* citizens who do not define as male or female and the State of California (in recognition of this issue) has introduced legislation that makes marriage gender neutral, how on earth can you claim the government has delivered on equality?

How can you justify the UK government record of failure on this issue?

Sincerely

Etc.


‘X’ PASSPORTS – THE FIGHT GOES ON

More to follow very soon....................................

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

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