“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. Australia has decided to de-gender their passports,” she said.
Miller also added that gender-neutral documents could be just as beneficial to cis women, and that “male” and “female” tick-boxes on job applications should be removed unless necessary.
“If we are going to help girls who are coming through our education system not to be hampered by gender stereotypes then we have to look at these things,” Miller said.
We’ve got to tackle the unconscious bias in the system.”
We’ve got to tackle the unconscious bias in the system.”Responding to Miller’s remarks, the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said his party had lobbied for the de-gendering of official documents during the coalition government’s term in office.
“It is frankly ridiculous that even on something this small the Tories have refused to act over the last few years,” Farron told the BBC.
The committee is due to publish a report on transgender equality next week.
A spokesperson for the Women and Equalities Select Committee told Mashable: “We cannot say very much about Ms Miller’s comments until the report is published next week.”
A spokesperson for LGBT rights group Stonewall told Mashable:
For trans people, having male and female gender markers on official documents can cause difficult and distressing situations, especially as there remains a widespread lack of awareness and understanding of different trans identities. There is a common misconception that all trans people will take medical steps to change their gender. There is also a lack of awareness around non-binary identities, those who may not identify as ‘male’ or ‘female’, but might consider themselves to be neither, both, or to be sometimes male and sometimes female. We therefore welcome the Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiry into Transgender Equality and look forward to hearing its recommendations.