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The United States has announce its first passport with the letter “X” for people neither regarded as male or female. This declaration was on Wednesday 27th Oct 2021, which came during Intersex Awareness Week we see and this is a big significant move for persons who do not fit into the binary male/female classifications.
The State Department announced that the first passport bearing “X” for gender had been issued, adding that the option would be routinely accessible for passports and birth certificates of Americans overseas by early 2022.
In a statement, State Department spokesman Ned Price had stated,
On the occasion of this passport issuance, I want to underscore the Department of State’s commitment to promote the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people, including LGBTQI+ persons.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken committed to handle the issue in June, but noted that technological challenges needed to be overcome first.
The State Department has also permitted US passport holders to choose their gender on their passports under Blinken.
Previously we all know that if an American wanted to mark a gender on their passports that differed from their birth certificates or other documents, they needed medical verification but that can be done easily now with the new issue.
According to the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, a London-based advocacy group, at least 11 other countries already offer a “X” or “other” option for their passports and now its now available in the States.
The US President Joe Biden has stated that LGBTQ rights will be a high focus for his administration.
written by OGE EBUBE
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