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Gender-neutral passport fight can proceed

A CAMPAIGNER for gender-neutral passports has been given the go-ahead to take court action against the Home Office.

Christie Elan-Cane (pictured) wants British passports to include a gender-neutral ‘X’ for unspecified option alongside male and female categories.

At the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday, Mr Justice Gilbart ruled that the case was ‘arguable’ and gave permission for a full hearing at a future date.

Kate Gallafent QC, for Elan-Cane, told the judge: ‘The claimant’s identity is that of a non-gendered person: someone who does not identify as either male or female. The claimant considers that obtaining and using a passport currently involves the claimant making a false declaration as to the nature of the claimant’s gender identity, which causes the claimant considerable distress.’

She said an estimated one per cent of the population are likely to identify with the X category.

Canada introduced gender-neutral passports last month. Australia, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, India and Nepal also already have a third category.