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Sunday, May 29, 2022

United State Issues It’s First Non-Binary Passport

Last June, the U.S. Department of State announced that they would allow a third-gender option for US citizens on their passports. On Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, the Department issued the first US passport featuring a “X” for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming US individuals, joining Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries with similar gender-inclusive passport policies.

The Department of State continues the process of updating its policies regarding gender markers on U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender identity, as State spokesperson stated on Department of State Website.

Price said “I would like to reiterate, on this passport issuance opportunity, the Department of State is committed to promoting the freedom, dignity and equality of all people — including LGBTQI+ people”. He also confirmed that the option with “X” marker on US passport will be offered to routine passport applicants after the department finishes system and form updates in early 2022. The updates and informations will be provided in this link.

Since President Joe Biden took office in the White House, the United States has pledged to make advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights as one of the top priorities of its administration. The issuance of this passport is a significant step towards LGBTQ+ equality.

The Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBTQ advocacy organisation, hailed the US decision a watershed moment. JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President of The Human Rights Campaign, stated that the change would lessen the danger of discrimination, harassment, and violence that millions of non-binary, intersex, and gender nonconforming Americans confront while travelling abroad.

Vivi
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