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Passports: Gender-neutral options could soon be included

Passports could soon offer a gender-neutral option after the case has reached High Court judges in the UK.

This would mean the documents would offer non-gendered X passports for people who don’t identify as male or female.

It was refused by the Home Office which Kate Gallafent QC deemed “unlawful”.

People who do not identify as either gender are estimated to be one per cent of the population, according to a 2012 survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

This is roughly 600,000 people in the UK.

The changes that are being proposed in court would cost £2 million to issue the third category, alongside male and female

The changes that are being proposed in court would cost £2 million to issue the third category, alongside male and female.

Other countries already offer X passports including Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

UK citizen Elan-Cane applied for one in 1995, yet was rejected as the UK does not currently offer them.

Elan-Cane has since campaigned for the issue for over 25 years and is supported by Human Rights Watch.

After discovering that technology systems are able to read the three genders offered on passports despite Britain not offering them, Elan-Cane has fought for the change to be implemented.

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Passports: Campaigner Elan-Cane has been fighting for the change for 25 years

Gallafent argued: “For the claimant, obtaining and using a passport currently involves making a false declaration as to the nature of the claimant’s gender identity, which causes the claimant considerable distress.

“The lack of a non-gender specific passport option impacts on the claimant’s ability to obtain and use a passport on equal terms with persons who identify, and are identified, solely in terms of male or female.”

It could also affect intersex and transgender citizens, she argued.

James Eadie QC from the Home Office commented in a written statement: “The defendant does not accept that the issuing of passports with an ‘X’ marker could be done without regard to the implications of recognising non-binary status across Government.

“The amendment to legislation and to policy would incur a huge administrative burden as well as a significant burden on parliamentary time.”

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Passports: The UK documents only offer male and female, unlike Canada and New Zealand

UK passports have recently become more expensive with changes coming into place on March 27.

Applying for a child passport or postal passport have increased in price, costing £58.80 and £85, respectively.

Online passports have increased by £3 to £75.50, a much smaller difference in price in a bid to deter UK citizens from applying by post which is a costlier process.

Post-Brexit passports have been met with derision after a French-Dutch firm won the deal to make the new blue documents.

British manufacturer De La Rue, who made them for ten years, is no longer challenging the decision.

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