Christie Elan-Cane: written question to the European Commission

March 23, 2010

In my previous post about Christie’s continuing fight for legal and social recognition outside the societal gender system in the UK, I mentioned that per has obtained the support of Baroness Sarah Ludford (Liberal Democrat MEP for London) and she has recently tabled a written question to the European Commission asking whether the Commission considers that EU legislation sufficiently protects citizens who identify as non-gendered or differently to that registered at birth, and whether there are any plans to revise EU Directives in a more gender neutral way.

On per LJ today (23 March), per has provided a link to the online version of the written question and I’m copying/pasting it here ‘for the record’:

WRITTEN QUESTION E-1747/10
by Baroness Sarah Ludford (ALDE)
to the Commission

Subject: Legal recognition of non-gendered persons

In a paper on human rights and gender identity in July 2009, the former Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg noted that the EU directives which implement the principle of equal treatment between men and women have a defined enumeration of discrimination grounds, and that these do not include gender identity.

Also, a report by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has noted that there is no reason not to extend protection from discrimination under EU law to people who wish to present their gender differently to that registered at birth.

1. In view of these opinions of human rights experts, does the Commission consider that the EU legislation sufficiently protects citizens who choose to identify as non-gendered or present their gender differently from that registered at birth?

2. Does the Commission have any plans to revise the EU directives in the future in a more gender-neutral way?

Christie has said that it may take up to six weeks to receive a reply; I’ll post that here as and when it becomes available.

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