CHRISTIE Elan-Cane has won permission to challenge the Home Offices refusal to issue gender -neutral also known as X passports.
Christie Elan- Cane has pushed and campaigned for X passports for more than 25 years.
Last month Canada was the 10th country to introduce gender- neutral ‘X’ option on passports, along side Australia, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Ireland and Nepal who all ha e a third category as well as male and female.
Right campaigners alike to Christie Elan- Cane welcomed this change and said it to have been a big step forward for LGBT groups.
Since July there has been more than 40 MP’s have signed an early day motion in favour of gender- neutral passports.
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A Transgender man, Finn Devine opened up about his thoughts on X passports.
“I think that’s it’s a great idea and should be an option for everybody”
“When I was younger identifying as male with a female passport and drivers licences really got to me and made me feel like ” not a real man” but as I’ve grown and legally changed my name,on my passport it doesn’t bother me at my current transition state that I have Miss, as when I’ve been traveling the people didn’t check the gender on my passport and put mr anyway.”
“When I get older and have progressed through my transition I would like to have the correct pronouns.”
“I also think that when trans kids are discovering who they are, having the option to be gender neutral on passports would give them confidence which growing up would have helped me.”
“I disliked using my passport before I changed my name purely because people didn’t believe it was me on the picture. Even with a ‘more male’ picture most people focus on the name.”
Machine- readable passports set by the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) allows individuals to state M, F or X in the category specifying an individuals sex with the X standing for unspecified.