US Passport Applications To Add ‘X’ Gender Option In April



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A third gender option, “X,” will be available on passport applications for all U.S. citizens beginning April 11, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

The United States Department of State last fall issued the first U.S. passport with the “X” gender option for non-binary, intersex, and non-gender-compliant applicants. At the same time, the State Department reviewed public feedback, worked with other countries that offer gender diversity on passports, and consulted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore how best to define the “X” mark, it said. shine. †

“After careful consideration of the research conducted and feedback from community members, we have concluded that the definition of the X gender marking on State Department public forms will be ‘unspecified or a different gender identity,'” he said. he. “This definition respects individuals’ privacy and promotes inclusion.”

Last June, the State Department also announced that applicants could choose their gender and not have to submit medical documentation if their selected gender differed from other identity documents.

The State Department is the first US federal government agency to add the X mark on identity documents, and plans to make it available on other forms of documentation next year, Blinken said. The March 31 announcement coincided with the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

About a dozen countries around the world offer a non-binary or third-gender option for passports.

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