Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
‘X’ PASSPORTS: PERMISSION GRANTED FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF UK GOVERNMENT POLICY
As everyone must now be aware, on Wednesday 11 October 2017 permission was given by the High Court to take forward my case against the UK Government’s discriminatory passport policy.
The judicial review of the UK’s passport policy as applied to the exclusion of non gender-specific ‘X’ character [denotes the passport holder’s sex as ‘’unspecified’’] can now enter the substantive stage.
Wednesday’s ruling was significant because judicial review applications cannot be proceeded without permission. While retaining a note of caution that the final outcome cannot be foreseen and that a successful outcome does not automatically lead to policy change I cannot describe how relieved I am that the legal challenge of current discriminatory policy can now finally move forward.
I was taken aback by the level of media interest in the case on the day.
There are too many news reports to list them all but here are some that appeared soon after the decision was announced. Click individual title for article ………………
The Evening Standard
Gay Star News
The Huffington Post
The decision and reporting on what had led to the legal challenge of the UK Government’s discriminatory passport policy was covered by news outlets from around the world.
Two days after the decision being announced I am still trawling through a mountain of messages [and have almost lost my voice] but I will respond to all journalist enquiries over the coming days. If you are a journalist and want to be alerted as the case progresses towards the next hearing then please send your name, email address and the name of the organisation you represent if applicable. I will add you to my media distribution list.
Finally, once more I want to thank Kate Gallafent QC and Tom Mountford of Blackstone Chambers and my legal team at Clifford Chance for enabling me to launch the case.
And thanks to everyone who’s sent encouraging messages of support over the last few days.
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The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered