A new Early Day Motion (EDM) has been launched to legally recognise non-binary gender identities. EDM 660 is titled ‘Legal Recognition for People Who Do Not Associate with a Particular Gender’ and reiterates support for EDM 47 of the same name which was tabled under the last Parliament. EDM 47 had gained 80 signatures, including being sponsored by the new Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
EDM 660 states “That this House… believes that people are compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information” and urges “the Government and HM Passport Office make non gender-specific X passports available in the UK to people who do not identify with a particular gender.”
This motion comes in the wake of a parliamentary petition concerning reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 which gained 33,000 signatures. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) responded dismissively to the petition, angering many non-binary people. Since then the MoJ has held talks with trans and non-binary activists about the issues non-binary people face and why legal recognition for them is important.
Activist CN Lester spoke to the MoJ over #SpecificDetriment and has been involved with the recent work on reforming the Gender Recognition Act. They told Beyond the Binary: “I think it’s a really hopeful sign that the pressure on the government and judiciary isn’t easing up. The need for recognition and protection for people of all genders and none isn’t going anywhere. There are specific and extensive campaigns brewing over GRA reform, from many different trans groups and activists – what we need right now is as many people, MPs included, spreading the word and getting ready to challenge the current status quo.”
If you wish to you can write to your MP and ask them to support the Early Day Motion through here.
EDM 660 full text:
That this House recognises the support expressed during the last parliamentary session to address the issues faced by people whose identities are neither male nor female; believes that people are compromised and diminished as a result of inappropriate gender references on their personal identity information; acknowledges that all passports issued by HM Passport Office are currently gender-specific and it is therefore not possible to obtain a British passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that the International Civil Aviation Organisation standard specification for machine-readable travel documents (ICAO Document 9303) permits X (unspecified) alongside F (female) and M (male) under a mandatory sex category; notes that citizens of Australia and New Zealand are able to obtain a non gender-specific X passport and that India, Nepal and Pakistan make provision for their citizens when neither M nor F are appropriate; further believes that similar provision is needed in the UK where current discriminatory policy denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges that the Government and HM Passport Office make non gender-specific X passports available in the UK to people who do not identify with a particular gender.