The UK may finally allow non-gendered people to use ‘X’ marker on passports

The fight to allow non-gendered people to use an X marker on passports continues.
The Court of Appeal has granted Christie Elan-Cane, non-gendered campaigner, permission to appeal against the High Court ruling.
In June, a High Court justice said the UK’s refusal to issue non-gender specific ‘X’ travel documents is not unlawful.
But Elan-Cane has won a renewed hope to fight for the passport that matches their identity.
UK government policy is ‘discriminatory and must be overturned’
Christie Elan-Cane has been fighting for non-gender specific people’s rights for 25 years | Photo: Gay Star News
Elan-Cane said: ‘Legitimate identity is a fundamental human right but non-gendered people are often treated as though we have no rights.
‘This issue was always significant due to the overarching negative impact that lack of recognition [for one’s identity] has on non-gendered peoples’ lives.
‘The UK Government’s passport policy negates the identities of citizens who define as neither male nor female. The policy is discriminatory and must be overturned.
‘I am relieved that this important case can now be taken forward.’
Elan-Cane has been fighting for the right for a non-gender specific passport for 25 years.
Lord Justice Bean said there were compelling reasons for the appeal to be heard.
‘X’ passports are currently available in other countries
Left: Non-gendered activist Christie Elan-Cane / Right: Home secretary Amber Rudd
Currently, the UK policy is that people must indicate whether they are male or female.
This mandatory requirement has no provision for individuals whose identities are neither male nor female.
Passport applicants whose identities are neither male nor female are often subject to discrimination.
X passports are already available in countries like Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
These passports are recognized as valid travel documents by border personnel at UK border control.
Christie, represented by Clifford Chance pro bono, says they just want to be treated fairly.
‘Gender identity is a fundamental part of an individual’s intimate, personal identity and X-passports are a crucial step in the protection of the human rights of this group of individuals,’ Clifford Chance Partner Narind Singh tells Gay Star News.
Blue passports will cost 240 times more than adding an ‘X’ option would cost

Earlier this year, the UK Home Office announced they will be changing the color on UK passports from burgundy to navy blue.
And the cost of the new contract announced earlier in the year will £480m ($670m, €565m).
Upon the news of the blue passports, Elan-Cane cried hypocrisy after the  UK Home Office told per a £2million figure  was the ‘prohibitively expensive’ reason they could not implement the call for ‘X’ non-gendered passports.

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