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Monday, 19 September 2011

The gender-free British passport: UK travellers may no longer have to declare their sex, to spare feelings of 'transgender people'

Talk about pandering to a small minority. In a move reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s where positive discrimination was rife and pretty much the order of the day, we are now told that we have to spare a thought for our gender challenged friends who have an existential gender crisis every time they have to go through an airport.

Apparently, Britain is preparing to rip up centuries-old rules by introducing passports which do not contain details of the holder’s sex.The move, following pressure from the Lib Dems, is designed to spare transgender people and those who have both male and female sexual organs from having to tick ‘male’ or ‘female’ on their travel papers. Currently, everybody must identify themselves as a man or woman, even when they are undergoing a sex-change operation or if they are considered ‘intersex’.

Personally, I don't see why perfectly sensible rules need to be abandoned  simply to spare the blushes of a very small section of society. What next? Tell boy scouts and Brownies that they are to be hencefoth called "Outdoor Persons" simply to spare the ones who may have already decided they prefer the company of their own sex?

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