A landmark case in the United Kingdom will determine the future of gender-neutral passports in the country.
The U.K. government is being taken to court after the Home Office refused to issue passports that have a gender-neutral, or “X” option,
Non-gendered activist Christie Elan-Cane is appealing an original legal challenge that was rejected by London’s High Court last year. The hearing is expected to last two days starting Tuesday.
Elan-Cane argues that the government’s refusal to issue gender-neutral passports is in breach of the European Convention for Human Rights, according to court documents, which “protects the privacy rights of transsexual people” and criminalizes “the disclosure of information relating to their gender history.”
“Legitimate identity is a fundamental human right but non-gendered people are treated as though we have no rights,” Elan-Cane said in a statement. “It is unacceptable that who defines as neither male nor female is forced to declare an inappropriate gender in order to obtain a passport.”
More than 80 members of parliament signed the most recent House of Commons motion for issuing “X” passports to “people who do not identify with a particular gender” back in 2017.
The Guardian reports ten countries offer gender-neutral passports including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India and Ireland.
Similarly, a number of states in the U.S. issue gender-neutral driving licenses and birth certificates such as California, New Jersey and Oregon.
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