The United Kingdom May Soon Have Gender-Neutral Passports

For gender non-binary folks, passports can pose a tremendous problem. The UK is now hoping to do something about it. An activist named Christine Elan-Cane, who uses the pronoun per, has been fighting the government for a gender-neutral passport for over 25 years and now she’ll be returning to court. The goal is to have a passport with an “X” gender—Australia, Malta, Pakistan are just a few that already do this.

The case is expected to go to court on April 18 at London’s Law Courts where Elan-Cane is expected to argue that the HM Passport Office’s current policy doesn not recognize per’s gender.

“Legitimate identity is a fundamental human right but non-gendered people are often treated as though we have no rights,” said Elan-Cane in a statement. “The UK’s passport application process requires applicants to declare whether they are male or female. It is inappropriate and wrong that someone who defines as neither should be forced to make that declaration.”


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