If you’re gobsmacked by that, you ain’t alone! It seems what’s upset the applecart this time is the process of changing your name:
According to the law, you may call yourself whatever you wish: it is not for any organisation to dictate what name or title you may use, unless they suspect you are doing so for fraudulent purposes. However, panicked over money-laundering and terror, the UK government has threatened sanctions against banks and financial institutions, who take refuge in making demands for pointless documentation.If it’s needed to fend off the increasingly belligerent arms of the state, I fail to see how you can label it ‘pointless’.
Trans people tend to change their name once in their lifetime. Non-binary people, too.‘Non-binary’..?
Last year, the cabinet came up with a new system for registering to vote, requiring disclosure of previous name. They were shocked to learn, in the course of meetings with myself and Helen Belcher, secretary of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity, that a significant portion of the trans community would prefer to disenfranchise itself – to not vote at all – than disclose their previous name.Frankly, if they didn’t yell ‘YES!!!’ and start high-fiving each other, they should be ashamed of themselves – the fewer kooks & single-issue nutcases like Jane Fae who opt out of the electoral system, the better for the rest of us…
Thankfully, following further consultation, a new approach is taking shape.Which I suspect means more hoops to jump through for everyone else, and a big fat Victimhood Pass for the transgender identity group…
Yet even when name change is “just” for reasons of marriage or divorce, there can be cost and hassle, as different organisations demand different standards of “proof”. For instance, many banks now reject marriage or divorce certificates if they are more than six months past. The current processes disproportionately drain the time and money of two groups: trans people and women. That, as any equality lawyer will tell you, is prima facie a definition of indirect discrimination.Great! Let’s further enrich lawyers. That’ll help everything.
Name change processes are a constant source of friction. They slow down your ability to live your life and, when the jobsworths get it wrong, are a source of significant upset. Organisations need to find more respectful ways to deal with individuals. Or, like my bank, they’ll find themselves on the end of not just public embarrassment, but court action for unlawful discrimination.Hopefully one that’ll bankrupt you.
Oh, but wait. It’s never your money you activists take the gamble with, is it?