The United States Department of State announced that it issued the first passport with gender “X” this Wednesday, October 27, which identifies non-binary, intersex or non-identified persons with the classification male or female.
The option will be available in that nation from 2022, which can be applied to passports and birth certificates of Americans abroad.
Ned Price, spokesman for the State Department, said in a press release: “I want to reiterate, on the occasion of this passport issuance, the State Department’s commitment to promoting freedom, dignity, and equality of all people, including LGBTQI + people ”.
There are 11 nations where a person has the option of choosing “X” or “other” in the case of gender in the passportAccording to data from the Employers’ Network for Equality and Inclusion, an advocacy group based in London, including Canada, Germany, Argentina, India, Nepal, Pakistan, for example.
“We hope to offer this option to all regular passport applicants once we complete the required system and form updates in early 2022,” Price said.
The announcement made by the State Department is on the mark of Intersex Awareness Day week. Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned in June that such an option would be available, once some technological hurdles were resolved.
Which is also a consequence of President Joe Biden promised to defend LGBTQI + rights one of the top priorities of his administration, a 180-degree turn from the government of his predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, which prohibited US embassies from flying the Rainbow flag.
With information from AFP and Reuters
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