Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
Council of Europe
Today, Wednesday 22 April 2015, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will debate and vote on a resolution on discrimination against trans* people in Europe
I draw your attention to Clause 6.2.4 where the Assembly calls on member states to “consider including a third gender option in identity documents for those who seek it;”
The draft resolution was adopted unanimously by the committee on 20 March 2015.
The motion for resolution was tabled on 26 September 2013.
A corresponding report highlights the high percentage of trans* people (73%) who responded to an EU survey (Fundamental Rights Agency, 2012) defining their identity as neither male nor female.
Over the past two weeks I have written individually to more than 400 Assembly members and requested their support for the ‘encouragement’ of member states to recognise ‘X’ Passports.
In a strongly worded letter that outlined the exclusion of non-gendered trans* and lack of provision due to discriminatory national laws, I requested it was considered:
- that the Council of Europe should encourage national governments within the region of Europe to accept the non gender-specific ‘X’ Passport as a valid and legitimate travel document when used by travelling citizens arriving at their national border areas;
- that national governments are encouraged to provide the non gender-specific ‘X’ Passport to their own citizens in cases where neither ‘M’ nor ‘F’ are appropriate.
Given the very positive responses received from Assembly members, I am confident that ‘X’ Passports and the wider issue of recognition and provision will be raised during course of debate.
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered