Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
CLIFFORD CHANCE REPORT
The Clifford Chance Report presents strong legal arguments in support of the issuance of ‘X’ Passports in the United Kingdom. The report was delivered today to the office of Tyson Hepple, acting Director General of HM Passport Office.
For the benefit of anyone new to this site, a passport policy review was to have been undertaken between January 2012 – February 2013 to consider proposals for the UK to follow the lead taken by other countries such as Australia, New Zealand and India by authorising the use of a non gender-specific indicator ‘X’ (a permitted third character under ‘sex’ category for machine readable travel documents that denotes the passport holder’s sex as “unspecified”). The review was part of a series of commitments the government had made to the trans* community under its trans* equality action plan.
The ‘review’ conducted by HM Passport Office (HMPO, formerly the Identity and Passport Service (IPS)) turned out to be a sham where it was painfully clear that no consideration was ever given towards proposals in favour of ‘X’ Passports or the fundamental needs of those who require them. When HMPO was challenged to publish the ‘review’ findings, a hastily cobbled together document was eventually placed in the Library of both Houses on 3 February 2014 and here on public record http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2014-0152/Gendermarkings__290114.pdf
HM government’s rejection of ‘X’ Passports was unacceptable and very much at odds with the very positive LGB (&T) ‘equalities’ messages being put about at the time and it deserved to be challenged.
We have had three Early Day Motions tabled during the current and previous parliamentary sessions and EDM 47 needs just another 30 signatures to reach the target where I can legitimately push for a parliamentary debate on the issue – but time is running out, see below.
I sought legal advice on the issue having been encouraged by the successes achieved by campaigners in other countries, such as Norrie’s victorious case in Australia
For several months a dedicated team at Clifford Chance have been engaged in extensive research and have produced a potentially ground-breaking legal document that firmly supports the need for ‘X’ Passports in the United Kingdom.
I will update further in due course
PS. Here is my response to ridiculous HMPO document, written at the time of its release last year http://elancane.livejournal.com/19552.html.
EARLY DAY MOTION 47
Time is fast running out and we need urgently to secure just another 30 MP signatures in order to push for a full parliamentary debate for provision of non gender-specific ‘X’ Passports in the UK.
If your MP is not on the list, I urge you to write or visit them and strongly urge their support for the motion
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered