The government’s new Parliamentary Women’s and Equalities Committee is to hear evidence from a one-sided panel on the possibility of introducing a “third gender” into the British legal system.
Choosing to have no gender on a passport is already allowed in Australia and New Zealand, and Ireland passed a new law at the end of July to allow the transgendered to be recognized as their “true gender.”
According to The Gender Recognition Act of 2004, the transgendered can already legally swap between the two legally recognised genders in the UK, so long as they, “have lived fully for the last two years in their acquired gender; and intend to live permanently in their acquired gender.”
However, so-called “gender non-conforming,” “non-gendered” and “gender neutral” people are a specific category of the transgendered. Rather than wanting to merely transition from one gender to another they often prefer to invent a gender all of their own; such as “pangender,” “gender fluid,” “transmasculine” or “queer gender.” Facebook, for example, now lists 58 gender options.
The Home Office has been considering gender neutral passports since 2011, and in 2014 an early day motion calling for there to be an “X” category on British passports gained the support of dozens of MPs.
This time, “the Committee is likely to investigate whether the current application process is too expensive, bureaucratic and medicalised. It may look at whether people should be able to define their own gender (including non-binary identity) for the purposes of gender recognition,” it was announced on the committee’s webpage.
“The panel,” we are told, “reflects a range of transgender identities and experiences,” yet not a single gender critical feminist or Christian, say, who is skeptical of the idea of enshrining post-Marxist gender theory into British law will appear on it.
The first panel on “law and transgender equality” will feature Peter Dunne, a visiting researcher at New York University Law School who specialises in LGBT issues, Karen Harvey, chair of the a:gender trans lobby group, James Morton, manager of the Scottish Transgender Alliance and Ashley Reed, who began an online petition “urg[ing] the government to introduce an act equivalent to the Irish Gender Recognition Act, and allow trans* people to self-define their gender.”
The second panel on “personal experiences” will feature four people who choose to define their gender in unusual ways, including “non-gendered” campaigner Christie Elan-Cane.
The committee was prompted into investigating the issue when Law firm K&L Gates made a submission in September on behalf Elan-Cane. Clifford Chance law firm also submitted a report to HM Passport Office in March on his/her behalf, requesting to be recognized as “non-gendered” on a passport.