‘X’ passports: Full judicial review now in motion

On 18 and 19 April 2018, there will be a full hearing in the UK for the judicial review of the government’s policy in regards to issuing non gender-specific passports, known as ‘X’ passports.

These show an X in place of an F or M, for people who do not identify as either male or female. The number of people pursuing recognition as gender queer, gender non-binary, non-gendered, agendered or ungendered is increasing in the UK and beyond.

The hearing will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, London. This High Court allows citizens to challenge points of law, wherever the law in the country does not currently protect its citizens’ rights and freedoms to their satisfaction.

Christie Elan-Cane (non-gendered), who is pursuing the case, said:

“The provision of ‘X’ Passports became a pivotal focal point for my campaign due to the importance of the passport as a recognised identity document, in addition to its function as a travel document.”

X Passports already exist and are compliant with international standards. They are being issued in an increasing number of countries, and must be recognised at other countries’ national borders.

Christie commented: “[this gave] me reason to believe that my Government would accept the need for their issuance in the UK.”

Yet, the UK government resisted the need for X passports and “left me with no option other than to bring a case for the judicial review of its discriminatory policy,” Christie writes.

“Legitimate identity is a fundamental Human Right. The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered.”

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