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US issues first passport with “X” gender marker for non-binary individuals

The United States has issued its first passport with the “X” gender marker for individuals who identify as being non-binary.

This means that a person doesn’t identify with being male or female.

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According to the US State Department, the option to have an “X” gender marker would be routinely available by the year 2022 for both passports and birth certificates.

A spokesman for the US State Department ‘Ned Price’ stated, “I want to reiterate, on the occasion of this passport issuance, the Department of State’s commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people — including LGBTQI+ persons,”.

The issue was due to be addressed back in June but technological hurdles needed to be addressed, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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Beforehand, medical certification was required to mark gender that was different to what was issued on an individual’s passport.

A list of countries already uses “X” or “other” as a gender option for passports, including Canada, Germany, Argentina, India, Nepal as well as Pakistan.

The announcement was made by the State Department on the week of Intersex Awareness Day, with US President Joe Biden promising to make advocacy of LGBTQ rights a top priority of his administration.

IMAGE – “Joe Biden” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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