Passports and driving licences should not state whether the holder is male or female because it poses problems for transgender people, a UK Conservative MP has said, metro.co.uk reports.
Maria Miller, who chairs the women and equalities committee, said during an inquiry into transgender equality that a person’s gender was not relevant on official documents and created an unconscious bias when it came to job and university applications.
She added that the government should ‘strip back’ discussion of gender unless it was necessary.
As a society and a government we should be looking at ways of trying to strip back talking about gender, and only do that when it’s absolutely necessary,’ Ms Miller told The Times.
‘We need to understand that gender stereotyping can be as damaging for men as it can be for women. ‘For individuals who have decided to transition but haven’t necessarily got the right documentation, it can cause problems. 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 identification? It’s not relevant. Australia has decided to degender their passports.’