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The Independent View: Non-gender-specific passports – why the EDM matters

This week has seen the submission, by Julian Huppert, of EDM 907, LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH A PARTICULAR GENDER. If it sounds familiar, that’s because a similar EDM was introduced by Simon Hughes last month but had to be withdrawn when he became a minister. The subject, of course, will be unfamiliar to most of those who come across it, and that’s why it’s so important to explain how deeply it impacts those affected.

I work for a charity called Trans Media Watch which aims to improve media understanding, and thereby social understanding, or transgender and intersex people. As it happens, I’m currently processing results from a survey about people who don’t identify as male or female (generally described as non-binary people, though personal definitions vary). The survey relates to perceptions of the media, but two things come through clearly in it that seem relevant to this situation too. The first is that this is a group of people who feel very poorly understood. The second is that they experience a great deal of distress because of that lack of understanding.

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Opinion: The Burchill controversy – a mixed blessing for the trans community

I have followed recent mainstream media events unfolding around the transgender community with a mixture of excitement, anxiety and sadness.

Excitement, because it is rare that trans issues get coverage that isn’t designed to portray us as perpetrators of some hideous evil. Even though the stories started with biased coverage in the Guardian about a doctor under investigation by the General Medical Council, it turned into something more positive when the #TransDocFail hashtag lead to LibDem Councillor Sarah Brown discussing the issue on BBC Radio. Even the continuation of bad reporting had a silver lining, when Julie Burchill’s

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    The F word here is Fantasy. Federalism is not on the ballot paper in September because the Lib Dem leadership threw away the opportunity offered...
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    This is a perennial bug-bear of mine and has been for over forty years (i.e. since I was at school!) The "advice" we received from...
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    Ah me. It is the best part of thirty years since I wrote all the literature for a winning by-election in this constituency. Well done,...
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    This is a perennial bug-bear of mine and has been for over forty years (i.e. since I was at school!) The "advice" we received from...
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    Yet in my supposedly prosperous area of South Wales a Food Bank has opened. I expect the millionaires round here have done very well.
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    @ T-J This is where the debate falls down, when the talk is about devolution for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we talk about what...