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Legal Recognition For Those Who Do Not Associate With A Particular Gender

EDM number 889 in 2013-14, proposed by Simon Hughes on 17/12/2013.
Categorised under the topics of Equality, Gender recognition and Nationality.

That this House recognises the issues faced by those in the UK who identify themselves as non-gender, bi-gender or intersex; believes that many of those who are non-gendered or bi-gendered feel 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 passport that contains no reference to gendered identity; understands that, alongside F (Female) and M (Male), the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Document 9303 already contains X (unspecified) as a permitted character for three permitted characters under the mandatory sex element for machine-readable travel documents; notes that this week Germany introduced a policy enabling citizens to obtain a non-gender specific X passport, that a similar policy is already in operation in Australia and New Zealand and that India, Nepal and Pakistan also recognise the legitimacy of X as a preferred option when M and F are not appropriate; further believes that allowing this possibility in the UK would go a long way to amend this discriminatory policy which denies non-gendered and bi-gendered people a legitimate identity; and therefore urges the Government and HM Passport Office to make non-gender-specific X passports available to those UK passport holders who do not identify with a particular gender.

This motion has been signed by a total of 10 MPs.

Simon Hughes17/12/2013Bermondsey and Old SouthwarkLiberal DemocratProposed
David Lammy17/12/2013TottenhamLabourSeconded
Nigel Evans17/12/2013Ribble ValleyConservativeSeconded
Geraint Davies17/12/2013Swansea WestLabourSeconded
Hywel Francis17/12/2013AberavonLabourSeconded
Julian Huppert17/12/2013CambridgeLiberal DemocratSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins18/12/2013Luton NorthLabourSigned
Martin Caton18/12/2013GowerLabourSigned
Hugh Bayley18/12/2013York CentralLabourSigned
Mike Hancock18/12/2013Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned

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