Gender X passports announced by US Department of State

As part of the International Transgender Day of Visibility, Department of State announced Thursday that all US citizens can select an X gender marker in their passport applications.

The move marks a significant advance toward the rights and legal recognition of intersex people and people who identify as non-binary. According to a statement from Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, the option will be available for passports from April 11, with other forms of documentation to follow next year.

The United States issued its first gender-neutral passport last year following a discrimination lawsuit filed by an intersex Colorado resident who does not identify as a man or woman, NPR reported. A handful of countries – including Canada, Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand and Nepal – already allow third genders in official documents. According to Blinken, the State Department followed suit after extensive consultations with the public, health authorities and partner countries.

However, it warns that travelers may encounter obstacles elsewhere in the world. “You may face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the X gender identifier,” the State Department’s website said says. “Before you travel, check with the foreign embassy or consulate in the United States for more information.”

The announcement was part of a broader package of efforts to “support the mental health of transgender children, remove barriers transgender people face in accessing essential government services, and increase the visibility of transgender people in our data.” country”, according to a explanation and leaflet released from the White House on Thursday. Gender X passports announced by US Department of State


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