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NHS transplant service petition

We’ve started a petition here for the NHS transplant service to change their computer system so that it doesn’t misgender people who are transgender.  We asked them to:

a) record people’s titles and genders independently of physical characteristics that might affect blood donation

b) allow gender-inclusive titles such as Mx (which are frequently used by people who are nonbinary)

We’ve now had a partial response   saying that binary-gendered trans men and trans women can register in their correct gender. However we still need them to change things to include nonbinary people. We need more signatures to support this, so please do sign the petition.

Copy of letter (content note for some of the language around gender and physical characteristics)

Accessible transcript of letter: (content note for some of the language around gender and physical characteristics)

 

Dear Mx [name removed]

Thank you very much for getting in touch with us.

Your query has been passed on to our department for further comment. I can see that Vivian did explain that our IT system is currently unable to offer the options of non-specific gender title of Mx.

It is not a problem if a transgender person wishes to donate providing we establish the donor’s preferred gender i.e., male or female. Once we have established the preferred gender of the donor, we will treat the donor according to his/her preference. Trans men FtM donors will be treated as male donors regardless of their female characteristics and similarly we will treat trans women MtF donors as female donors regardless of their male characteristics. Again, the donor has to decide whether they will be gendered as male or female before we can proceed. It is clinically important for us to identify wheter the donor is male or female in order to ensure we only accept donations when it is safe for both donors and recipients. Our haemoglobin testing on session have different acceptance levels between male and female donors. We have a much higher cut-off level for male donors than female donors. I must apologise for the wrong information you have been given. Male donors tend to have a higher haemoglobin count compared to female donors but not necessarily the platelet count. There are various factors why this is the case and one of these are the high levels of testosterone among the male population including those on testosterone therapy i.e. trans men donors.

Hoping you will find the information useful. Please feel free to contact our helpline on 0300 123 23 23 if you need to discuss further and request to be put through to the Clinical Support Team. We are available between 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm on weekends.

With best wishes and kindest regards,

Yours Sincerely

Albin Fabiana Senior Nurse Practitioner

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Which NB and NB-inclusive organisations would you recommend?

We are working with Beyond the Binary magazine to put together 2 lists:

1) Nonbinary specific organisations/resources that the mainstream trans and LGBTQ organisations should have on the webpages (we will then email them with recommendations)

2) Which trans and LGBTQ organisations people recommend as being inclusive and safe for nonbinary people to go to without awkwardness – we’ll keep this list on the beyond the binary website.

Where would you recommend?

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New crowdsourced data website

We’ve partnered with MxActivst, Gendrr and Mx It Up to launch a website for crowdsourcing data on which companies have nonbinary-inclusive gender and title options and nonbinary-inclusive language on their guides.

We plan to use this for both:

  • helping people find companies they can use right now without misgendering themselves
  • co-ordinating campaign efforts to change companies policies in the future

At the moment what we really need is more data adding – you can tell us about companies who are inclusive, companies who aren’t inclusive and companies you really want us to campaign on changing. Go to http://nonbinary.net/index.php/addnewcompany to start adding information to the site.

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Campaign requests

Here is a list of campaign requests from nonbinary.net. You can see a database version here. This is for the adopt a company competition so we can keep track of which companies people have started campaigns on. If you want to add a new request then click here.

Company name Changes requested Any existing campaign?
Appliances online request via nonbinary inclusion project spreadsheet
BBC Allow ‘other’ as a gender option/ remove gender from the form
Boots Boots let you put Mx on advantage cards, but you still have to select from a list of gendered titles if you order online. Pretty sure only gender options are male and female too.
British gas request via nonbinary inclusion project crowdsourcing – no details.
BT This was requested via nonbinary inclusion project crowdsourcing list – I can’t find any info on what they do at the moment without signing up – anyone know?
Channel 4 Allow no title
Co-operative bank they agreed at the counter to use Mx, then sent me a letter addressed to Ms saying they couldn’t do it, then sent me a card in the name of Mr then offered to change it back to Miss but said they couldn’t do Mx  :( … Several reports from other people that they can’t do it in practice.Campaign started here – more campaigns also welcome.
Ecotricity add Mx title option
Government departments allow Mx for a title
Graze Use Mx as a title.
Marks & Spencer request via nonbinary inclusion project crowdsourced list – no details
Mooncup request via nonbinary inclusion project crowdsourcing – “Their literature considers that only women have periods, and it talks about women and girls instead of people.”
Open University They already offer an ‘Other’ title option at registration, where you write in your own. But ‘gender’ is a required question on the registration form and the only options are ‘male’ and ‘female’. And on many of their other contact forms they do not allow ‘other’ titles.
Royal Mail Allow no title
Sainsburys added via nonbinary inclusion project crowdsourcing – no info
Southern electric added from nonbinary inclusion project crowdsourced list – no further details
Spotify request via nonbinary inclusion project crowdsourced form – no more info
Student Finance England On nonbinary inclusion project list – not mentionned what is wanted, but they don’t allow any nonbinary titles and insist on a binary gender choice – so either of those would be a good start.
Topshop Request via nonbinary inclusion project list but no specific details
ucas Petition now here https://www.change.org/p/ucas-change-your-application-form-to-ask-about-gender-rather-than-legal-sex-and-offer-more-than-2-options
Youth Hostel Association Request via nonbinary inclusion project’s crowdsourcing for another gender option on forms.
Youth Hostel Association Request via nonbinary inclusion project’s crowdsourcing for another gender option on forms.
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Which companies do you want changing?

We’re going to prioritise getting changes from the companies which you tell us are causing you problems by refusing to offer nonbinary titles or gender options. If you’d like to suggest a company please add it here.

You can see a list of requests so far here.

If you want to get involved with persuading these companies to make changes, we’ll be starting this soon. You can join our mailing list, or follow us on twitter or facebook, to keep up to date.

We’ve also had a few added to our original google documents list where we don’t know what changes you want. If you added:

Southern electric, Natwest, BT, British gas, Next, Topshop, M&S, Appliance Online, Which, Sainsburys, Future Publishing (also can you send us a web link) or Student Finance

please get in touch and tell us what changes you want. For example do you want Mx as a title, or the option to use no title, or the option to select a nonbinary gender etc.

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Best practice guide consultation

We’ve started making a best practice guide for including nonbinary people in forms and literature. You can find the draft version here; or accessible web version here.

We’re currently seeking feedback from a range of groups to make sure our guide is as good as it can be.

Could you fill in one of our questionnaires to help us?

Questionnaire for binary trans men & trans women (in order to talk about sex and gender we’ve also mentioned binary transgender people and we’d like to check what we’ve said about you is OK)

Questionnaire for people who are intersex (in order to talk about sex and gender we’ve also mentionned people who are intersex and we’d like to check what we’ve said about you is OK)

Questionnaire for supportive people who don’t know much about gender – to help us check is what we’ve said easy to understand for our target audience who we want to change.

The consultation will be open until at least midnight on Friday 23rd May.

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