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CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
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Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



‘X’ PASSPORTS: PERMISSION GRANTED FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF UK GOVERNMENT POLICY

As everyone must now be aware, on Wednesday 11 October 2017 permission was given by the High Court to take forward my case against the UK Government’s discriminatory passport policy.

The judicial review of the UK’s passport policy as applied to the exclusion of non gender-specific ‘X’ character [denotes the passport holder’s sex as ‘’unspecified’’] can now enter the substantive stage.

Wednesday’s ruling was significant because judicial review applications cannot be proceeded without permission.  While retaining a note of caution that the final outcome cannot be foreseen and that a successful outcome does not automatically lead to policy change I cannot describe how relieved I am that the legal challenge of current discriminatory policy can now finally move forward.

I was taken aback by the level of media interest in the case on the day.

There are too many news reports to list them all but here are some that appeared soon after the decision was announced. Click individual title for article ………………

The Guardian                                  
BBC News
The Evening Standard                  
Metro
PinkNews                                         
Gay Star News
Thomson Reuters                          
The Huffington Post

The decision and reporting on what had led to the legal challenge of the UK Government’s discriminatory passport policy was covered by news outlets from around the world.

Two days after the decision being announced I am still trawling through a mountain of messages [and have almost lost my voice] but I will respond to all journalist enquiries over the coming days. If you are a journalist and want to be alerted as the case progresses towards the next hearing then please send your name, email address and the name of the organisation you represent if applicable. I will add you to my media distribution list.

Finally, once more I want to thank Kate Gallafent QC and Tom Mountford of Blackstone Chambers and my legal team at Clifford Chance for enabling me to launch the case.

And thanks to everyone who’s sent encouraging messages of support over the last few days.

Twitter @ChristieElanCan - for latest updates

Legitimate Identity is a Fundamental Human Right

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

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Originally posted by elancane at post
CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure


‘X’ PASSPORTS IN THE UK

THE LEGAL CHALLENGE: JUDICIAL REVIEW PERMISSION APPLICATION

A reminder there will be a judicial review permission application hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this coming Wednesday 11 October.

This is an extremely important event for anyone with an interest in changing the UK Government’s discriminatory passport policy. The hearing will determine whether the judicial review application lodged with the courts in July of this year can proceed to a full hearing.

I may have appeared over cautious and pessimistic when I announced the hearing date in my earlier post on 15 September but I did not, and still do not, want to raise false hopes that UK Government policy on ‘X’ Passports can be easily overturned. Throughout several years of political engagement I was offered much that turned out to be nothing at all and I was let down very badly on numerous occasions. I do not want to repeat the mistake of raising expectations only for those expectations to be dealt a crushing blow time and again. Past disappointments should not however lead to preconceived expectations this time around. Many politicians are now onside and the landscape has changed. The UK Government is generally regarded as out of step with policy change in this area being implemented in other countries.

This is the first legal challenge against the UK Government’s discriminatory passport policy administered by HM Passport Office. Despite my cautionary notes there is reasonable possibility that the case for ‘X’ Passports will be viewed favourably given there is evident and persistent inequality of treatment given towards UK passport holders who define as neither male nor female. The case must obtain permission to go to the substantive stage of judicial review. If permission is refused then there is a complicated appeal process that I will not go into right now.

Wednesday 11 October is a significant date that everyone should keep in their diaries.

I will update the site as soon as possible after the hearing. In the meantime …………………………



More than 40 MPs have added their signatures to EDM 175 since tabling by Norman Lamb MP last July. This is an excellent start given that most of the period from tabling until now has been in parliamentary recess [during which time signatures are not registered].

There is every reason to believe the target of 100+ signatures can be achieved within the current session, notwithstanding yet another general election call.

Again, urging all MPs who support this issue and have not signed the motion to reaffirm your support for ‘X’ Passports in the UK for people who do not associate with a particular gender.

If your MP is not on the list, then contact them without delay and urge them to sign EDM 175.

Twitter @ChristieElanCan - for latest updates


Legitimate Identity is a Fundamental Human Right

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered
 

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Originally posted by elancane at post
CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure




‘X’ PASSPORTS IN THE UK

THE LEGAL CHALLENGE: JUDICIAL REVIEW PERMISSION APPLICATION HEARING DATE ANNOUNCED

I am pleased to inform that a hearing will take place on 11 October 2017 at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, London.

The purpose of this hearing is that the court will decide upon whether permission should be granted for me to apply to the courts for judicial review of HM Passport Office’s discriminatory passport policy that is underpinned by the UK Government’s ongoing refusal to permit the issuance of non gender-specific ‘X’ Passports to UK citizens whose identities are neither male nor female.

It has taken a very long time to reach this stage. Those who have followed commentary on this site over many years are aware there is much history to the case. My decision to pursue change through legal avenues was due to the political process having been tried and exhausted as the UK Government evidently had no intention to seriously consider the issue.

I approached the renowned law firm Clifford Chance LLP in 2013 and was accepted by them as a pro bono client. An enormous amount of preparatory work has taken place over the course of the duration in order for me to proceed with this case.

I must stress there is no guarantee the case will be successful and neither is there a guarantee that permission to take the case forward will be given after the hearing on 11 October. All judicial review applications must first obtain the permission of the court in order to proceed.

I am not about to give false hope that current policy will be over turned. A judicial review decision does not automatically enact a change of government policy. The UK Government, under current administration, remains firmly opposed to the issuance [and the principle] of ‘X’ Passports.

A successful judicial review outcome would however highlight the inherent discriminatory nature of current policy that would become increasingly untenable and that successive governments would find hard to justify.

That is all for now. Keep the faith and check back to this site for updates.

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Legitimate Identity is a Fundamental Human Right

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A Lovely Evening
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Thursday 06 April was our first anniversary since leaving London.  Still getting to grips with the delights of Cheltenham, but we’ve managed to discover a few decent restaurants.  The only downside is that parking is somewhat problematic, in some respects worse than London.  Anyway, we went to the Daffodil. I’m not going to write a review of the restaurant, but I will say that the service was very attentive, and the staff were all very friendly.  There was a good, relaxed atmosphere, and I will be very happy to go back there in the not too distant future.  Camilla George will be performing at the Daffodil during the upcoming Jazz festival, but unfortunately it’s the same evening as Dee Dee Bridgewater.

We celebrate the anniversary of the day Christie Elan-Cane and I first met (06 April 1991).  We do this because we can not yet get married, because of the blinkered and uncaring  perspective of successive UK governments, advised by prejudiced civil servants hiding behind masks of anonymity.  When we eventually do get married (whenever and wherever that may be), it will be on 06 April.
The Same Sex Marriage Act has also been referred to as Equal Marriage by many, including politicians who knew very well that it was by no means equal.  People who do not identify as either male or female were left behind, and can not get married without denying their identity.  Clearly this affects not just the individual with a non-gendered identity, but also the person they want to marry.
So the fight for legal and social recognition for non-gendered people goes on.  It is not just in Christie’s interest that this leads to a successful conclusion, it is in my interest as well.  For this reason I am requesting that my LiveJournal friends continue to support and publicize Christie’s campaign.  Links to Christie’s Facebook page and Twitter account are below.

https://m.facebook.com/Christie-Elan-Cane-161936290517912/
https://mobile.twitter.com/christieelancan
 

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CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



RBS GROUP

I’m really pleased to report that the entire RBS Group (includes NatWest and a number of other banks) have removed the requirement for personal customers to enter a gender in order to register to receive online banking services.

NatWest Bank customers can register for online banking here

Customers of other banks within the RBS Group can register on their bank’s website.

I’ve been advised that RBS are striving to further adapt its systems across all areas of banking provision in co-ordination with other banking service providers in order to make provision for customers who do not define their identity as either male or female.

Many thanks to Marc and the team at RBS for their continuing work on this significant issue.


PARLIAMENTARY EARLY DAY MOTION (EDM) 11

EDM 11 tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb calls upon the UK Government to follow the lead taken by countries that permit the issuance of non gender-specific ‘X’ Passports.

More than 70 MPs have signed the motion so far and I’m assured that more signatures are on the way.

It is essential that EDM 11 achieves not less than 100 signatures to stand any chance of a parliamentary debate being held that is devoted specifically to the subject of ‘X’ Passports.

EDMs have no executive powers yet they can be highly effective in drawing political and public attention to important issues that would otherwise get ignored.

All MPs should be encouraged to support EDM 11. Is your MP on the list? You can find out here

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered

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CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



Introduction of gender-neutral public announcements on London’s transport network

Regular travellers on London’s tube network might have noticed by now that new public announcements are being rolled out to replace the ubiquitous “Ladies and Gentlemen ……” with the more inclusive “Customers ……” or “Passengers ……”

Transport for London (TfL) management responded positively to my approach and suggestion that public announcements throughout the tube network should use gender-neutral terms.

I had noticed there was not much discernible change after a period of six months and followed-up to question how the change was being implemented. I was pleasantly surprised.

TfL management does understand the significance of the issue and the aim is not just to introduce gender-neutral public announcements on the tube but to establish continuity across London’s entire transport network, incorporating bus services where drivers are employed by other operators under TfL jurisdiction.

This represents an organisational change where ongoing training and guidance will be provided across the TfL organisation in order that employees become familiar with the new announcements. Some staff members have worked with the organisation for more than 20 years and need to acclimatise to the new terminology however new staff will receive appropriate guidance from the outset and eventually all TfL public announcements will be gender neutral.

I’d like feedback on your experiences traveling on TfL.

Write to Christie.Elan-Cane@ukgateway.net and let me know which areas, stations etc. are getting it right and where TfL needs to improve. This is a fact finding and not a name and shame exercise.

Your name and details will not be forwarded to TfL.


EDM 11

Don’t forget to contact your MP and urge their support for ‘X’ Passports. The aim is still to exceed 100 signatures in time for a parliamentary debate to be called before end of this session.

MP signatories to date.


Life Beyond Bizarre!

Don’t forget to read my latest blog on HuffPost UK. Events that led to the start of my campaign for legitimate identity as a fundamental human right. Far more bitter than sweet.

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered

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CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure



Life Beyond Bizarre!

Just a quick note that my latest blog can be found on HuffPost UK


The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered

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CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE
NON-GENDERED
Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure




CALLING UPON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO COME THROUGH FOR ‘X’ PASSPORTS IN THE US

Calling upon President Barack Obama to push the US Department of State and its associated agencies for the fast introduction of non gender-specific ‘X’ Passports in the US right now!

Please retweet!


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Our Silver Anniversary
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Wednesday 06 April turned out to be a lovely day, and everything that I had hoped for. Thanks very much to everyone that passed on their best wishes for both of us.
In the evening we had a wonderful meal at Celeste, the restaurant at the Lanesborough hotel in Knightsbridge. We’ve been there many times over the years, but this was our first visit since the hotel’s refurbishment.
The cuisine had changed from Italian to French. Another change from the Apsleys days was the appreciation that some customers are vegetarian. There’s a vegetarian tasting menu, and vegetarian options in the a la carte menu, so no need to worry.
On the drink side, we started with a glass of champagne, as one would expect on an auspicious occasion. To accompany the food, we opted for Musar. It’s a great wine, from an area (the Lebanon) that could well do with our support.
The service was attentive and friendly,and everything went at our pace. There was also live music, from a pianist, who played a mixture of classical and popular music. It all helped to create a very relaxed atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back there.
Whenever we have a romantic evening, my mind turns to our beloved Campania, and in particular Sorrento. So even though we spent an evening at a French restaurant, Pavarotti’s version of this Neapolitan song is the perfect accompaniment to this post. Return to Sorrento we will, and indeed also Capri – but that’s another story.

In my post of 17 March I inadvertently neglected to include an important final paragraph. This was with reference to how I felt, after learning of the untimely death of David Bowie. Since I am now 60 myself, this was a reminder of how little time we have available to us. It reinforced to me the need to make the most of the time I have to spend with Christie. I would like to think that we will both be around to celebrate our Golden Anniversary, but one can not make such assumptions. So in the meantime I will strive to focus on what is really important, and not dwell on non-productive, less important matters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbUfpQ9Nmbw

Our Silver Anniversary Beckons
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On Wednesday 06 April 2016 it will be exactly 25 years since I first met Christie Elan-Cane. That evening started at Sadler’s Wells, where I saw a performance of Onnagata by the Lindsay Kemp Company. After the theatre I went to the club Smithys, where I met Christie. We were introduced by a mutual friend. It was a remarkable coincidence that this should happen, as both of us had only known our mutual friend for a short time. I guess that could be construed as being destiny. Well wherever you are now Janey, I will be forever in your debt. I hope you are doing well.
I am very proud to be Christie’s partner. The love and support I get from this wonderful person is a great comfort. It is a wonderful feeling, knowing that there will always be someone there for me. Given that we have been in a stable, loving relationship for well over 20 years, it will not be a surprise that we both earnestly want to get married. Yet at this point in time we are prevented from doing so. Currently we could only get married by denying Christie’s non-gendered identity. Neither of us are prepared to do so.
The previous Tory led UK government were responsible for the now notorious Trans Equality Action Plan, and for the implementation of legislation that was originally Civil Marriage. The latter eventually became Same Sex Marriage, though it has been also referred to (incorrectly) as Equal Marriage. The Liberal Democrat party betrayed their liberal principles. So called gender inequality within the royal family was tackled with great gusto. This got a lot of attention, but was hardly a priority. Yet the human rights of a vulnerable minority were ignored. I may well vote Liberal Democrat again in the future, but I am no longer a member of that party.
I remain at heart an optimist. I believe that one day we will be able to get married. If we have to relocate to another country in order to achieve that, then so be it. My relationship is more important than anything else, and certainly my country just happens to be where I was born.

The death of David Bowie in January came as a great shock. He was such an iconic figure for both of us. I have always loved his music. I could not choose a favourite album, but Station to Station has always been for me one of the best. As our anniversary approaches, this song suits my mood just right. The lyrics are spot on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbpMpRq6DV4

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