We at Welsh Green Pride call on Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom to legally recognise non-binary genders. Individuals who identify as gender non-binary in the UK have their gender identities invalidated and many are not protected by the Equality Act 2010. The common binary understanding of gender is outdated and inadequate.
Legal documents in the United Kingdom currently only recognise two genders - 'female' and ‘male’. However, there are approximately 165,000 people who identify outside of the gender binary, which amounts to around 26% to 29% of trans people in the UK*. Australia and New Zealand (among others) have taken actions to ensure these people aren’t excluded from legal processes, and have added an additional option on passports - a simple 'X' for unspecified, and it's time for the UK to join them.
Google and Facebook also allow 'other' gender options. Facebook has made proactive steps towards inclusivity by allowing a custom gender option so that the user can select their specific identity.
In 2013, Brighton & Hove Council accepted 'Mx' as a gender neutral title. This was a welcome and positive change in the acceptance of non-binary people.
Those who identify as non-binary, and/or express themselves in ways that challenge the gender binary, face incredibly high levels of mental health difficulties. Over 40% of non-binary people have attempted suicide at some point, a third have experienced physical assault, and a sixth have experienced sexual assault. Neglecting to legally recognise these people has the potential to be dangerous, and fails to even acknowledge the difficulties they face.
People who identify outside of the gender binary deserve to be legally recognised by the UK Government. This petition calls for a gender option other than 'male' and 'female' to be available on all legal documents and records.
*The 'Scottish Trans Alliance: Trans Mental Health Study 2012'