Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
EARLY DAY MOTION ON ‘X’ PASSPORTS – LET’S KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM
Here we go again – Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert has re-tabled a widely supported EDM in support of ‘X’ passports. The beginning of a new parliamentary session means the re-tabling is effectively a brand new EDM and the signatures obtained before are not carried over and they all need to be obtained again. Now we have to get behind EDM 47!
LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER
That this House recognises the issues faced by those in the UK who identify themselves as non-gender, bi-gender or intersex; believes that many of those who are non-gendered or bi-gendered feel 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 passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that, alongside F (Female) and M (Male), the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Document 9303 already contains X (unspecified) as a permitted character for three permitted characters under the mandatory sex element for machine-readable travel documents; notes that in Australia and New Zealand citizens are able to obtain a non-gender specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan also recognise the legitimacy of X as a preferred option when M and F are not appropriate; further believes that allowing this possibility in the UK would go a long way to amend this discriminatory policy which denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges the Government and HM Passport Office to make non-gender-specific X passports available to those UK passport holders who do not identify with a particular gender.
EDM 907 closed with 40 signatures. It is significant that 40 Members of Parliament were prepared to go on record in support of non gender-specific ‘X’ passports for UK passport holders who do not define as male or female. Five years ago this issue did not merit a footnote – believe me, this is (UK style) progress.
With almost a year to run, it is possible to substantially increase the count this time around and I strongly urge everyone who cares about this issue to contact your local representative MP and request their support for EDM 47 either through writing (email is fine) or make an appointment to speak with your MP in person (which you are perfectly entitled to do and it is the job of every MP to work on behalf of ALL the people within their constituency).
I will again refer to the HM Passport Office equality and diversity statement published on the government website, where the agency undertakes to:
· recognise the diverse needs of our customers in the development, access and provision of our services
· monitor and evaluate services to ensure that they do not unfairly discriminate against particular groups
· treat all our customers, partners and staff with dignity and respect
HM Passport Office does not recognise the existence of people who do not define as male or female and sees no reason to try to meet our needs because we are perceived as insignificant. That we are blatantly discriminated against in the provision of goods and services is of negligible consequence because we are not protected under the highly discriminatory Equality Act 2010. There is no dignity. There is no respect.
Legal protection for all trans* and intersex in the UK
Please continue to circulate petitions within your circles.
Countries and regions across the world are now waking up to this issue while the UK governing authorities try to pretend we do not exist in the hope we will eventually go away.
LEGITIMATE IDENTITY IS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT!
It is time to make our voices heard loud and clear
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered