British passports could soon no longer declare a person's
sex, under moves from Lib Dems to become "fierce champions of
Currently, everybody applying for a passport has to
declare themselves as a man or a woman, even if they are undergoing
gender transition or are considered "intersex", born with both
female and male reproductive organs.
But under new proposals, the internationally required sex
category would contain an "X" for British citizens.
On Sunday, the Home Office said: "We are exploring with
international partners and relevant stakeholders the security
implications of gender not being displayed in the
Such a law could be changed in just days, as passports
come under the royal prerogative and only require a
simple ministerial order.
Under existing rules a transgender person must present a
gender recognition certificate if they wish to change their
identity to a new sex, once the procedure is complete
If they are in the process of undergoing gender
transition, a person can nominate their intended sex on their
passport, upon producing a certificate from their doctor stating
that is the sex under which they live their daily lives.