Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
UK GOVERNMENT TRANS* EQUALITY REPORT
The Women and Equalities Select Committee has announced Thursday, 14 January 2016 as the publication date of its report after last year’s trans* equality inquiry. While there is speculation that recommendations will propose to improve the process of legal recognition for trans* people in the UK it should be remembered the Committee does not have the power to change the law and it is feared that proposals will fall short of what is necessary.
The necessity for non gender-specific ‘X’ Passports became a focal point of my campaign because the precedent for ‘X’ Passports had already been set. ‘X’ Passports were permitted in accordance with an international standard and it was feasible for ‘X’ Passports to be issued in the UK. The implementation of ‘X’ Passports in the UK should have been straightforward. I had not initially anticipated nor been prepared for the lengths that Government civil servants and others would go to in order to prevent the introduction of ‘X’ Passports.
Judging from comments made by the Committee, it would appear the Committee were broadly in agreement there is no logic to HM Passport Office’s ongoing refusal to countenance the introduction of ‘X’ Passports and I am reasonably certain, without having seen the report, that the Committee will recommend the trialling of ‘X’ Passports with cautions and caveats.
A token recommendation in favour of ‘X’ Passports for those who require non gender-specific documentation would be welcome (albeit very much overdue) however does not go anything like far enough to address the wider issue. The Ministry of Justice’s recent ill-timed intervention serves as a reminder, and the subject of my second HuffPostUK Blog:
No Specific Detriment?
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered