ID card proposals pose serious risk to trans people

It’s now too late to respond to the consultation, but please sign the petition (http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/TransID) and tell everyone you know about this!

Gender Spectrum have worked extensively on ID Cards and their potential effects upon trans people throughout all stages of transition and our subsequent lives. I would ask readers to consider supporting them in their efforts to ensure fair treatment for all trans people.

Best wishes,

Angela Clayton
Vice President, Press for Change

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Fw: [Press Release] [UK] National ID Card Petition
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 15:45:45 -0000
From: Robyn Peel
To: Angela Clayton

***** Press Release from Gender Spectrum UK *****
Friday 6th February 2009

Gender Spectrum UK ( http://www.gsuk.org or http://pollik.org.uk/forum/index.php ) wish to announce the launch of an on-line petition aimed at ensuring the safety of members of the community who do present themselves in a manner which is not the same as the gender to which they were assigned at birth.

The petition is asking the Government to address the current issues surrounding the draft guidelines for the National ID Card.

These guidelines require people to have their gender (determined as either Male or Female as reflected by their Birth Certificate) announced on the ID Card.  If a person wishes to present in a manner that is not the same as their Birth Certificate they will have to undergo a process to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) or hold 2 ID cards.

This means that unless a GRC is obtained, the person will need to have two ID cards.  Both will be in the person’s legal name, but one will identify the person as male, the other as female.  The one in the birth gender will be valid for travel throughout Europe, the other will not.

Once a full GRC has been issued, a single ID card will be issued in the acquired gender.

Each of these individual cards must be paid for in full.  The initial proposed fee of £30 will only remain until 2012.  Anyone who wishes to obtain a Passport must also obtain an ID card under the proposals.

The guidelines also state that the database will also keep details of your birth gender, even after a GRC has been issued.

We believe that there are a number of issues that need to be addressed. We believe that a person carrying two ID cards, each bearing details that conflict with the other, will be become vulnerable and at risk from harm from foreign security services or members of the public, particularly in volatile countries and/or situations.  We believe that this puts many people’s lives at risk.  We also believe that this puts many people who do not have a GRC in a vulnerable position.

For this reason we have taken two specific actions and would appreciate your support by taking action.

We have drafted a letter that you are welcome to download and send to Robin Woodland at the Home Office.  You may use it in its entirety or as a template to compose your own letter We have started an on-line petition which we would love you to sign

The document is available for download from:
http://www.alisonwhelan.co.uk/id_cards.htm

It is available in both Word Document format and PDF format.

The on-line petition is available at:
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/TransID

Due to the closing date of the consultation period drawing near  13th February 2009), we have chosen to limit the petition to just one month.

It is therefore important that anyone interested in supporting this
takes action now.

The following is the text of the petition:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that the safety of the Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex and gender-queer Communities is not placed at risk by insisting that harmful data is kept on the National ID Database and that many should carry hold 2 ID cards, identifying them as belong to both male & female genders.

The draft guidelines for the National ID Card as they currently stand, with regards to transsexual people and others who choose to present in the gender opposite to that of their birth assignment them to: a Apply and pay for up to four different ID cards b Have two separate ID cards before a GRC can be obtained

The Database will keep a record of the birth gender, contrary to Government agreement when the GRA(2004) was passed into law. This is despite the fact that many people cannot obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) and that it is illegal to disclose whether a person is in possession of a GRC without explicit permission.

4 groups of people fall into a dangerous areas:

1 A transsexual person who has obtained a GRC

2 A transsexual person who lives full time in their acquired gender but have not yet applied for a GRC either:
a Because they are not yet entitled to apply for GRC
b Because they qualify to apply for a GRC, but are unable to apply for
reasons such as pre-existing marriage or lack of reqrd medical evidence
c Because they choose not to apply for, or are unaware of the
availability of, a GRC.

3 A person who lives part time in each gender

4 A person who lives outside the gender binary

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Gender Spectrum UK

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I also oppose the introduction of ID cards broadly on grounds of   preserving civil liberties, but this is a battle that needs fighting on several fronts. If the government blindly goes ahead with introducing them anyway, we need to limit the damage they do to vunerable individuals.

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