OpinionUS: First issued passport with "X" in gender selection

US: First issued passport with “X” in gender selection

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The United States of America has announced the delivery of the first passport that has an “X” in the gender selection.

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This document was delivered to a person who claims not to be covered by the “traditional” designations of “male” and “female.”

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The State Department “added the ‘X’ option for intersex people” and more broadly for those who do not identify with the previously proposed gender criteria, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

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The addition was a campaign promise by President Joe Biden to protect the rights of sexual minorities.

Starting in early 2022, passport applicants will be able to make that decision, Price explained, reiterating that US diplomacy is committed to “advancing the freedom, dignity and equality” of all people.

At least 11 other countries, including Canada, Germany, Argentina, India and Pakistan, recommend an “X” or “other” option on their passports, according to the London-based Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had already relaxed the rules since June, allowing US citizens to choose the gender on their passports.

In the past, those who wanted to indicate a different gender than on the birth certificate also had to present a medical certificate.

Biden has made it a priority of his administration to protect the rights of sexual minorities around the world, more than any other president in US history, and breaking with the policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

When Republican billionaire Mike Pompeo was secretary of state, he banned US embassies from flying the rainbow flag, the symbol of the LGBTI community.

source: iefi merida

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