Calls for this change to passports has people wondering: Has political correctness officially gone mad?

A London parliamentarian has called for gender to be stripped from official documents, such as passports and driving licences. She

A London parliamentarian has called for gender to be stripped from official documents, such as passports and driving licences. She believes this will reduce transgender discrimination, but the idea has been criticised by other people.

Maria Miller, chair of a Women and Equalities Select Committee, called for the British government to “strip back” gender identification unless essential. She believes this would reduce bureaucracy around transgender transitions.

“For individuals who have decided to transition but haven’t necessarily got the right documentation, [having to officially state gender] can cause problems”, Ms Miller told local newspapers.

“Why do we need gender on our driving licence? Why do we have to have it on our passport if it doesn’t really add to identification? It’s not relevant”, she added.

Ms Miller pointed towards Australia, where citizens are able to choose what gender is listed on their passport, without undergoing a sex change. However, Australian documentation does require the specification of at least one gender.

Public opinion is divided. Whilst some claim that official documents cause tension for transgender people, others argue that not identifying gender is a security risk.

One Facebook user said this passport idea could “make life a bit easier for terrorists”. Whilst another woman asked, “Haven’t MP’s got more important things to worry about?”

What’s your take? Should passports be gender-free? Or does this pose a security risk? Is the idea just political correctness gone mad?

  1. Dont know about political correctness gone mad! But it is madness.

    • Political correctness is utter madness, it’s gagging us and destroying our freedom of speech, communication and eventually thoughts. I refuse to be part of this destructive propaganda. We are human beings not robots.
      Time you woke up to that.

    • Marie Gammon I hope you are using “you” in the general sense when you say “time you woke up to that” and not specifically targeting me when you say that.

  2. Now this is a load of political crap. A prime example of what we are forced to endure. Usually a tool for hiding some hidden agenda that the mongrels are up to behind the scene,

    • Robb Gee  

      Political correctness is getting like the cocktail,shaker. You put in distinct unique ingredients, shake it like hell and you get out a blend. However the end result of pc is a bland compliant robotic existence where individual thought has been stamped out making is ready to be governed by a not so benevolent totalitarian world government.

  3. The only thing they should be doing is to make them less expensive quicker to get and reduce the high prices for in coming Visas for those in a relationship with a foreign national .It is a rip off .To say this is to protect against illegals is a joke because clearly that is not happening.

    • $260 approx. for a 10 year passport is not expensive and I think you will find visas to enter Australia are of a similar cost as those to enter other countries.

    • It’s 5 years if you are over 75 or under 16. (Passports).
      10 years otherwise.
      Spousal visa $6865 approx.

    • NZ immigration is PARANOID about philipinos coming here and never going back. It took 7 applications before, finally, a visa was granted to my g/f , even though i had to act as sponsor. Get real nz…..

  4. No, you can’t go “officially mad”, because our officials define sanity 🙂
    Personally, I see little utility in putting our gender on our passports. May as well put your shoe size.
    Do I recall correctly that hair-colour was once part of the description on a passport? Why did that disappear? Because it became easier and more common to change it. Maybe gender has now crossed that threshold.
    Is a border official really going to say: “Well, Chris; it says here you’re female, but you look male to me. I’m going to have to ask you to prove your gender”?
    It’s irrelevant to official identity and it always has been.

  5. Can’t they just leave tgings alone, lm a female and l don’t mind ticking the box that identifies me as one. Next they will be wanting to remove male female signs from our toilets.

    • Catherine  

      Tanya Hughes. They already have. Haven’t you heard of unisex toilets?

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