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Sunday, 5 May 2013

UK: Brighton council includes "Mx" (Mixter) on official forms as a transgender alternative to Mr/Mrs/Ms/Miss

A council is to include the title 'Mx' on its official forms to be more accommodating to the trans-community.
Campaigners say that 'Mx', short for 'Mixter', is a gender neutral alternative to Mr, Mrs, Ms and Miss.
Brighton and Hove city council's trans-equality panel previously pointed out that the gender part of forms allows people to say if they are male, female or other.
It said the lack of options in the title field does not provide for people who do not identify as male or female.

Brighton and Hove city council is to offer 'Mx' as a title option on official forms following a review of services for trans people
Brighton and Hove city council is to offer 'Mx' as a title option on official forms following a review of services for trans people
Yesterday the council's policy and resources committee approved a series of measures, including the removal of the need for patients to choose from male or female options when they check in at electronic screens on arrival at a GP surgery.
Other recommendations include ensuring all councillors and police staff undertake trans awareness training and introducing gender neutral toilets and changing rooms, suggested by the council's trans-equality scrutiny panel.
Brighton has a gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans population of about 40,000.
The recommendations will now be passed on to the full council.
Ruth Rose, 79, of Newhaven, Sussex, who was born male, said: 'It can be difficult in GP surgeries - I am not recognised.

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