The Guardian reports:

UK passports should allow people who do not identify as male or female to define themselves as X, an LGBT rights group has said.

In its five-year-plan to create equality for transgender people in Britain, Stonewall said many people are afraid to travel abroad for fear of intrusive questioning or difficulties at passport control.

In addition, those who do not consider themselves either male or female are provided with no other option when applying for legal documentation.

Tara Stone, a member of Stag and one of 17 who drew up the plan, explained why an X option on the passport application was justified.


Intersex describes a person who may have the biological attributes of both sexes.

Asked if the X option would cause difficulty for those travelling to countries with a poor record on LGBT rights, Stone said: “It’s important that we have that option but that good advice is given by via the Home Office for people travelling.


The plan also includes proposals for lobbying for a reformed Gender Recognition Act and Equality Act, producing workplace guides specifically on trans-inclusive policies and improving LGBT inclusion in health care.