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



NEW EDM TABLED IN SUPPORT OF ‘X’ PASSPORTS

With many thanks to Norman Lamb MP for tabling new parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM).

LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER

That this House recognises the support expressed during the last parliamentary session to address the issues faced by people whose identities are neither male nor female; believes that people are 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 British passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that the International Civil Aviation Organisation standard specification for machine-readable travel documents (ICAO Document 9303) permits X (unspecified) alongside F (female) and M (male) under a mandatory sex category; notes that citizens of Australia and New Zealand are able to obtain a non gender-specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan make provision for their citizens when neither M nor F are appropriate; further believes that similar provision is needed in the UK where current discriminatory policy denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges that the Government and HM Passport Office make non gender-specific X passports available in the UK to people who do not identify with a particular gender.


This is the latest of a series of parliamentary EDMs tabled by Liberal Democrat MPs over three sessions. EDM 47 was tabled by Julian Huppert in the last session and gained the support of 80 MPs. It is fair to say the consciousness of government was awakened. Now we need for EDM 660 to achieve not less than 100 signatures!

Time again to contact your MP! I am asking everyone who is affected by this issue, everyone who knows someone who is affected by this issue and indeed everyone who cares about this issue to contact your local parliamentary representative and urge them to express their support for this issue by signing EDM 660.

You can find your local MP’s details here http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/.

Footnote: 28 October 2015, fourth oral evidence session for government trans* inquiry. When asked by Chair Maria Miller whether my earlier comment about the discredited trans* equality action plan being “all plan and no action” was fair, Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan responded that it was not.

Well she would, wouldn’t she?

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

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