Activist Takes Gender-X Passport Case to U.K. High Court

A Gender-neutral activist argues the UK discriminates against “non-gendered” people by making them choose a sex on the current UK passport application.

The application for a judicial review is being made by lawyers on behalf of Christie Elan-Cane, an activist who has been pushing for the Home office to offer a gender-neutral sex option on the UK passport for the last 25 years.

Countries such as Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Ireland and Nepal already have a third option besides male and female.

The UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) allow for  M, F or X in the sex category on machine-readable passports. X stands for unspecified.

Elan-Crane has appeared before the Commons women and equalities select committee to give evidence for the committee’s inquiry into transgender equality.

“Legitimate identity is a fundamental human right but non-gendered people are often treated as though we have no rights,” Elan-Cane said. “The UK’s passport application process requires applicants to declare whether they are male or female. It is inappropriate and wrong that someone who defines as neither should be forced to make that declaration.’’

Elan-Cane, who was born a woman but now identifies as “non-gendered,” says individuals should be given more than the binary choice of being a man or a woman.

Elan-Cane argues the government is discriminating against its own citizens by allowing holders of foreign X passports to enter the country, but not offering the same options to its citizens.

Solicitors from Clifford Chance, who are representing Elan-Cane, argue that British citizens who identify as neither male nor female are subject to and humiliated by a discriminatory passport policy that fails to acknowledge their identities or their existence.

A hearing will be held on Wednesday for the court to consider her case. The initial application was dismissed.


The Guardian



  1. Texaner in London

    October 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    OMG what the freak is that thing. Oh, an SJW. At first I thought it was some new horrible creature from LOTR.

    • Sixty Ville

      October 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      I thought it was Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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        • HT

          October 11, 2017 at 2:09 pm

          Go F Weinstein Amy.

      • Luke

        October 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm

        Richard O’Brien is far better looking (even in drag).

  2. Chesapeake

    October 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    What happens when genderless people have medical issues?

    • Anders Robertsson

      October 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      They don’t. Illness and medicine are social constructs

      • HT

        October 11, 2017 at 2:09 pm


      • Verk

        October 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm


      • anna

        October 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm


  3. perryrants

    October 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    what the hell is a non-gender? seriously, what are they??

    • Sixty Ville

      October 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Mentally ill.

      • Crakalakin

        October 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm

        There was a time when delusional people who lived in fantasy worlds were committed. Now they are given credibility.

        • bobruark

          October 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm

          and jobs at yahoo news, cnn, msnbc, espn, …

  4. Charles Martel

    October 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    What a sad condition this women is in..Life is hard , why make it harder.

  5. HT

    October 11, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    People like that should just be put out of our misery.

    • James

      October 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      What did it do to you
      How is someone filing for an aspect of the passport system to be reformed “misery” to you?

      You’ll be the first person to decry the idea of “Safe Spaces”, and yet..

      • Riccardo Teodori

        October 12, 2017 at 5:40 am

        It’s a waste of space on are planet, get it the mental help it needs

      • HT

        October 12, 2017 at 6:06 am

        Gene pool.

    • Prahd Beoey

      October 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      It’s miserable, but remember that we are a civilization – no need to kill it.

  6. Jean Collier

    October 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    She really should not smile

  7. jonklement

    October 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    It’s not about “choosing” a sex for your passport, idiot! It’s about declaring what sex you ARE for your passport. D’uh!

  8. James

    October 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    First they piss off the radical feminists by implying their Vagina Power is just a social construct; now they’re arguing for the Yuro Peon government to stay out of our pants?

    Sounds like we’ve at least got room to find common ground here.

  9. Ben Brown

    October 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Funny that, she moans like a woman

  10. Philippe Herman

    October 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    If Gollum feels alone… I guess with this… thing.. he… Well, you get it !

  11. carmenta

    October 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    THAT is barely human let alone male or female.
    I’d be just.fine. if civilized nations simply stopped allowing X persons to enter. Seems ‘it’ hasn’t considered that option.

  12. Hairatic Rick

    October 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    It’s astounding
    Time is fleeting
    Madness takes it’s toll…

  13. ranterator

    October 11, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Looking at the picture, I thought it was an article about cancer patients…

    • mav3rick

      October 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Me too. I don’t see how people can deny this is a mental illness.

  14. Les Romhanyi

    October 12, 2017 at 1:20 am

    What a bloody waste of time and resources. People who can’t deal with reality shouldn’t be trying to alter reality for the vast majority of those that can. If these people want the same benefits and responsibilities as everybody else then they need to stop trying be different from everybody else. You want to be treated like everybody else then be like everybody else. If you want to be different than everybody else then logically, you must expect to be treated differently. Personally, I could care less if you want to identify as a chair. If you do then you can’t also get upset if you get sat upon.

  15. Melissa Weathersby

    October 12, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Let me see…if they have a vajajay they are a girl…if they have a penis, they are a boy…if they sewed one up and cut the other off, they are STUPID. Woo hoo, wtg that you do not want to be the gender you were born with. The passport is not forcing you to be that gender, it is for IDENTIFICATION, and it is very clear what your identification gender should be. Also, folks that want to be called THEY when it is a single person…pick he, she or IT.

    • MLMII

      October 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      I don’t mind “they”, at least its a real word and not something that was just made up.

  16. drdov

    October 12, 2017 at 5:26 am


  17. Riccardo Teodori

    October 12, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Change the X for I and I will agree to her demands I meaning INSANE or how about a F for FREAK

  18. Maria Witoszewicz

    October 12, 2017 at 8:09 am

    First World Problems. In every minute of every day, four children die of hunger. But “non-gender” oppression is here the real deal. Wtf?

  19. Agent 99

    October 12, 2017 at 8:38 am

    No. You have a binary gender/sex, and so does every cell in your body.

  20. Solidus

    October 12, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Reading through these comments is like standing in an elementary school cafeteria, listening to little 10 year olds talk smack about each other. You “people” are pathetic.

  21. Philip

    October 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    don’t let zombies through customs.

  22. mav3rick

    October 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    She looks ill.

  23. STEVE

    October 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Born a woman, name of a woman and runs straight to the Commons women and equalities select committee bitching like a woman, hence proving it fucking relates or identifies as a woman.

  24. Bonnie Lee Beaumont

    October 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    honey, skip the gender and for God sake, get a good dentist

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