Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
Pleased to be invited to blog on the Huffington Post’s UK site. My first blog can be found here http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/christie-elancane/non-gendered_b_8870260.html
Essentially a (very) brief history of the issue and how the campaign came into being and the current position – it’s taken 20+ years just to get this far but when I started out I never would have imagined seeing the issue on a political stage during my lifetime. I’m hoping the next 20+ years will be kinder.
Early Day Motion
EDM 660 in support of non gender-specific ‘X’ Passports has been signed by 43 MPs so far and with assurances of more to follow. EDM 660 was tabled by Norman Lamb MP on 5 November 2015 and is very much on target to achieve 100+ signatures before the end of this parliamentary session.
Everyone who is affected by this issue, who knows someone affected by the issue or cares about the issue on a principle that legitimate identity is a fundamental human right should contact their local representative MP and urge that they support and add their signature to the motion http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/660
UK Government Trans* Equality Inquiry
The Women and Equalities Committee will report its findings in January 2016 rather than before Xmas as previously indicated. I have received an undertaking from Committee Chair Maria Miller to that effect. I have no further information about the content of the report and it should also be noted that the Committee does not in itself have the power to change the law.
I was invited to take part in the third of a series of oral sessions and presented evidence to the Committee on 13 October 2015 http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/women-and-equalities-committee/news-parliament-2015/evidence-transgender-inquiry-third-15-16/
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered