Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
National Diversity Awards 2019
I’m looking forward to the Awards ceremony tomorrow – Friday 20 September – and before I head to Liverpool I wanted to document some of my thoughts.
It is an amazing privilege to be shortlisted for the 2019 National Diversity Lifetime Achiever Award and I’m sure the ceremony will be equally amazing, however for me the most important thing is that I will attend the ceremony as myself and not as gendered society would prefer me to be.
The UK Government wants me to be socially invisible, legally non-existent and devoid of all civil rights and currently is going to some lengths to pursue that aim.
For too long the issue that I’ve spent most of my adult life working towards – legitimate identity for people who define as neither male nor female – was perceived to be disingenuous or – even worse – a fad.
Campaigning – indeed fighting - from a position outside the legislative framework, without social visibility, without established cultural reference points and without a platform it was extremely hard to convince anyone – whether it be politicians or the wider public – that the lack of legal recognition for people of non-gendered identity is a genuine and serious human rights violation.
Of course there’s been a considerable amount of progress – that I am shortlisted for an award that I could not have been nominated for just a few years ago is evidence of the progress that has been made. But there is still so far to go – and particularly in the UK where we have a government that is disinterested in trans issues and for whom my existence is an inconvenience.
The whole point of embracing Diversity is that NO ONE is excluded, left behind and punished by society for being who they are.
The Awards Ceremony will be livestreamed from 9:00pm tomorrow - Friday 20 September - on the ITV News YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/ITVNews
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered