A number of countries have created systems which allow their passports to recognise people who are not male or female as a separate ‘Gender X’ category, with New Zealand and Australia among those to make provision for Gender X alongside M and F.
However, despite political pressure on the issue from LGBT campaigners, the UK government has resisted any move to adopt the standard itself.
The current system forces people to declare that they are either male or female, which campaigners say “fails to acknowledge their identities or their existence”, but the Home Office has rebuffed calls for change.
Non-gendered campaigner Christie Elan-Cane, who does not identify as male or female, took the issue to the High Court, and today the court agreed to a judicial review of the issue.
The review will challenge the policy of Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO), considering whether it should allow a non-gender specific alternative (‘X’, for unspecified gender) passport to be issued as permitted by the relevant international standards and other countries worldwide.
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