UK gender neutral activist goes to the high court to get “X” pass gender option


Christie Elan-Cane, who is since the long time gender neutral activist, pushes the Main Britain’s Home Office to afford gender neutral option in the passport. She calls that “the first dispute with the Government’s discriminatory passport policy of UK”. On the 11th of October will take place permission application hearing. And only after that will be decided if her petition can proceed to a full high court hearing. If all goes accordingly to plan, then the third gender option will be applied as X according to the UN International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) standards. Elan-Crane has devoted herself to the application of the judicial review already for four years. And she is waiting for the Wednesday decision with the pragmatism. She says about “false hope” and to her mind a judicial review decision will not validate a change of government policy. It should be remained that there are only 10 countries in the world where it is possible to get gender-neutral options (Germany, Australia, Pakistan, Ireland, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Canada, Malta and Denmark). More positive hopes activist Elan-Crane has for an Early Day Motion initiated from the House of Commons. EDM 175 approving of updating the gender options on the passes of British was launched by Minister President Norman Lamb in July. There are already 42 signatures of support from other Minister President’s, but Elan-Crane is hoping to get as more as possible. According to the expectations there is reason to believe the target of 100+ signatures will be achieved.


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