Option X will be available in the future, however, another change allows candidates to “select for themselves” their binary gender.
The U.S. State Department is in the process of offering a third gender marker – “X” – on U.S. passports for Americans who do not identify as male or female, the secretary announced Wednesday. of State Antony Blinken.
In a statement, Blinken said that under the new rules in effect immediately, passport candidates will be allowed to “self-select” their gender, “M” or “F,” without the need for medical certification if their selection does not match. not to other issued documentation.
This is the first step in allowing a third gender marker option – “X” – other than “M” or “F,” Blinken said, in an effort to promote “the freedom, dignity and equality of all. people, ”including LGBTQ + people.
“The Department has started moving towards the addition of a gender marker for people who are not binary, intersex and gender, who require a passport or CRBA (Consular Birth Report Abroad),” he continued Blinken, explaining that the process for adding gender markers is “technologically complex” and said his department “evaluates the best approach to achieve this goal.”
Today we have taken important steps towards ensuring the fair treatment of LGBTQI + US citizens. https://t.co/tfNnTUQmsp
– Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 30, 2021
Blinken did not indicate when the new gender marker would be available.
The State Department website says, “We can’t provide an exact timeline for when we’re going to start offering a gender marker for people who aren’t binary, intersex and gendered.”
Blinken’s announcement comes on the last day of Pride Month and is celebrated by the LGBTQ + community, which has argued that traditional male and female options discriminate against non-binary and intersex individuals.
Lambda Legal Attorney Paul Castillo tweeted that the news “comes a long time” for the client of his group “Dana Zzyym, an intersex and non-binary U.S. Navy veteran” who presented a process six years ago “to get an accurate passport.”
Today’s news from the State Department is long overdue for countless LGBTQI + Americans, including @LambdaLegal client Dana Zzyym, an intersex and non-binary veteran of the United States Navy, who filed her case in 2015 to obtain an accurate passport. https://t.co/EWMSOzzR0j
– Paul D. Castillo (@PaulCastilloJD) June 30, 2021
The United States will join several other countries including Canada, Australia, Germany and India offering an “X” option on passports. The move follows New York State’s announcement last week that a gender marker will be available on its driver’s licenses and ID cards, joining several other states and locations that allow “X” on to official documentation.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has moved away from the approach of its predecessor Donald Trump to LGBTQ + rights, leaving its presidency in January since reversendu Trump’s transgender military ban and revival of the tradition of officially recognizing June as Pride Month Trump recognized only once during his four years in office, in 2019.
Last week, Biden marked Pride Month at the White House and designated the Pulse Nightclub a national memorial. Forty-nine were killed in a 2016 mass shooting at the gay disco.
The Biden administration also introduces the first LGBTQ + Cabinet secretary openly confirmed by the Senate: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.