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Where There's A Will There's A Way

The latest update from Christie is very encouraging.  It really does appear that the current UK administration is willing to learn, and to work towards a framework that provides legal and social recognition for non-gendered people.  Very good news.





Not so regarding the ONS.  Their failure to make the requested amendment to the 2011 Census form is a reflection of either dishonesty or incompetence.  No competent or honest statistician would refuse to acknowledge a substantive justification for including an extra category on the basis that the form might be filled in inaccurately.  Well this will be the last time.  These are changing times.






Change IS coming to the UK and indeed Europe, and one can hope eventually the whole world.  True equality is all embracing.

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I've been feeling lately like the UK is probably way more progressive than the US. This gives me a lot of hope. I've kind of given up on the USA in a lot of ways, but seeing progress in the rest of the world, in all things, is really encouraging.

I was going to write that the USA is a land of contradictions, but then the UK certainly is as well, and indeed other countries. A little while after I first met Christie I went to visit a friend for a few days in the Netherlands, whom I had met whilst working over there. We were having a meal together on my first evening over there, and she said words to the effect that ‘as a woman’ she found Christie offensive. I was completely taken aback. I had felt that (compared to the UK) the Netherlands was such a progressive place, but (as is often the case) it’s dangerous to jump to conclusions. Needless to say that person is now an ex friend. Happily my other friends were not so crass, and were horrified when I repeated what had been said.

I'm horrified too. :( I hope it wasn't too uncomfortable of a meal. Yuck. And I agree with you, too--my impression of the Netherlands is that it's a progressive place, but I guess you just never know. I have a great fondness for Norway and think of it as progressive too, but a Norwegian friend told me some icky stories about people who hated Muslims.

I suppose there will just be closed-minded and bigoted people anywhere one goes. :(

Indeed, but I like to think more open than closed.

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