The UK Guv don’t want to be left out of the passport game, following on from the Oz Guv’s confusion between sex and jendah, the UK are contemplating similar changes, although reporting remains fuzzy as to what the proposals will be.
From The Telegraph (19 Sep 2011):
‘Sex-free’ passports for transgenders
The Home Office is considering changing British passports to allow transgender people to opt out of identifying themselves as male or female.
The proposed moves follows pressure from the Liberal Democrats who claim it is necessary to avoid problems encountered by people who are undergoing sex change operations.
Currently everybody with a passport must identify themselves as male or female on the document.
But the Home Office has begun a consultation on changing the system to allow a category for the small minority of people who are unable to tick either box.
Supporters claim it will avoid problems at passport control for people whose appearance does not match the sex stated on their passport.
But some Home Office officials have expressed concern that it could create more difficulties for the already stretched UK Border Agency.
Last night a Home Office spokesman said: “We are exploring with international partners and relevant stakeholders the security implications of gender not being displayed on the passport.”
Lib Dem Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone said: “The UK Government is totally committed to creating a society that is fair to everyone. We are committed to tackling prejudice and discrimination against transgender people at home and around the world.
“We need concerted government action to tear down barriers and help to build a fairer society for transgender people.”
The current system allows a transgender person, undergoing a sex change, to alter the sex on their passport once the procedure is complete.
But people who are classed as intersex – a condition they have at birth, where they have both male and female reproductive organs – are forced to make a choice.
Under the proposals the passport would have a single box marked ‘sex’, which could be marked with an X.
The plans follow the introduction of new passport rules in Australia last week which allow residents to nominate their official gender as male, female or indeterminate, without having to undergo surgery as proof of a sex change.
Seems to me that all this could be solved by four categories, F (female), M (male), I (intersex) and T (
trying to be something else twanzjendah).
And more is afoot in the UK Passport Office, with the removal of the terms “mother” and “father” from application forms, to be replaced by “parent 1” and “parent 2”. I wonder if fights will break out as to who is #1 and who is going to be #2?
From The Telegraph (03 Oct 2011):
Mothers and fathers removed from passport application forms
Passport application forms will no longer require people to provide details of their mother and father to avoid offending those with same-sex parents.
Following pressure from gay rights campaigners, the Home Office is modifying the application process to make it more politically correct.
Instead of an applicant naming their mother and father, they will be asked for details of “parent 1” and “parent 2”.
The change has been made following claims the original form was “discriminatory” and failed to include same-sex couples looking after a child.
However, the move has provoked criticism that it undermines traditional family values.
Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, told the Daily Mail: “Fathers and mothers are not interchangeable but have quite distinct roles to play in the care and nurture of their children.
“To speak of ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ denigrates the place of both fathers and mothers.
“Much as the equality and diversity social engineers might wish it were otherwise, it still takes a father and a mother to produce a child.”
Last month it emerged that details of a passport holder’s sex could be erased from their passport to spare transgender people from embarrassment.
The change was made as a result of lobbying by the gay rights group Stonewall, it is claimed.
The Home Office ‘Diversity Strategy’ states: “IPS [the Identity and Passport Service] is working with Stonewall in response to an issue about having to name a “mother” and “father” on the passport application form.”
Mr Wells added: “Like the Labour administration before it, the Coalition seems to be in Stonewall’s grip.
“It is high time ministers started to represent the interests of the country as a whole and not capitulate to every demand made by a vocal and unrepresentative minority.”