USA issued its first passport with gender designation “X”, a milestone in the recognition of the rights of non-binary people, that is, they do not identify as men or women, reported yesterday the Department of State.
Ned price, a spokesperson for the Department, said that he hopes that this option can be offered to all passport applicants in a generalized way. “early 2022”, since the request and the update of the system with “X” they have yet to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget.
Currently, the authorities allow applicants to select on their own their gender as male or female.
Until this reform, American citizens needed a medical certificate if they wanted to mark a different gender on their passports than what appeared on their birth certificates or other documents.
“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 the LGBT +“Price said in a statement.
At least 11 other countries already have the option “X” or “other” in this document, according to the Employers for Equality and Inclusion Network, an advocacy group based in London.
These countries include Canada, Germany and Argentina, as well as India, Nepal and Pakistan, a legacy of the historical concept of South Asia. “hijra”, which refers to a third gender.
Importantly, the State Department made the announcement on Intersex Awareness Day week.
Since the coming to power of the American president, Joe biden, in January of this year, the president has focused on defending the rights of the LGBT + community one of his priorities, in stark contrast to his predecessor, Donald Trump (2017-2021).
By AP, AFP and EFE