Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
Early Day Motion No. 47
With the long summer recess drawing to a close, it’s now time to redouble our efforts to raise the number of parliamentary signatories to EDM No. 47 http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/47
“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.”
It would be really good to secure 100+ signatures before the end of this parliamentary session and there is no reason why 100+ signatures should not be achieved.
I have written to almost all sitting MPs and I’ve sent a series of mailshots over recent months to all those Members who are eligible to sign EDMs. Therefore most MPs have some awareness of the issue. I hope this will make at least some of them more approachable to constituents (and, remember, they were elected and are paid to represent the needs of ALL of their constituents).
If your local MP is not on the list of signatories (see the EDM link above for updated current list) then it is VITAL that your MP is urged to lend support to the motion. It is fundamental that EVERYONE who cares about this issue contacts their MPs in order to get the message across loud and clear.
The Parliament website quite helpfully lists all MPs and their respective contact details, with a post code search facility if not sure who your MP is http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/.
Please remember to forward a copy of your MPs response to me at Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net.
The lack of postings over the last few weeks was partially due to that Parliament were in recess and not much happening (signatures can only be added to EDM when Parliament is sitting) but also due to total system meltdown at the beginning of August. I’ve had to replace my system and try to restore my data but the old address book (where distribution email addresses were stored) is gone. I’ve been able to retrieve some individual email addresses (I have the addresses of most people who have written directly to me over the last two years) but many addresses on my former distribution list have disappeared. If you would like to remain on my mailing list and receive occasional, issue relevant messages, please write to Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net with ‘MAILING LIST’ in the subject line. Apologies for any inconvenience. I will emphasise there was no security risk involving anyone’s personal data. It was simply my crap system died and could not be resuscitated. At least it happened during the recess, which was the least worst time for such a catastrophe.
THERE IS NEWS ON THE WAY – THE ISSUE OF LEGITIMATE IDENTITY FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT DEFINE AS MALE OR FEMALE WILL BE TAKEN DIRECTLY TO THE GOVERNMENT – I CANNOT DISCLOSE FULL DETAILS NOW BUT REQUEST YOU RE-VISIT THIS SITE AND WATCH THIS SPACE OVER COMING WEEKS!
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered