The State Department said Wednesday that the United States issued its first American passport with a gender “X” stamp, recognizing the rights of people who do not identify as men or women.
The department said in a statement that it will expand a gender-neutral option for all applicants next year after it updates its policy on passports and US citizenship certificates for children born abroad. It says they are working with other government agencies to “ensure that travel is as comfortable as possible for all passport holders, regardless of gender.”
He did not identify the recipient of the passport, but Lambda Legal, a national human rights organization, said on wednesday that the passport was issued to Dana Zziim, an army veteran, intersex.
In 2015, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Colorado against the Department of State for Mx. Zzym after Mx. Zzyim was denied a gender-neutral passport.
Mx. According to court documents, in the original Zzym’s birth certificate they were male, and in the driver’s license they were listed as female.
The court ruled in favor of Mx. Zzyym in 2016, but Lambda Legal said in a statement that it had asked federal court to reopen the case as the State Department continued to “refuse to recognize a gender marker that is neither ‘M’ (male) nor ‘F’ (female ). … “
The State Department said in a statement on Wednesday that the new option is part of a “commitment to promote freedom, dignity and equality for all people.”
In June, the Biden administration announced a new rule that created a gender marker in passports and citizenship certificates for people who are not binary, intersex, or do not match gender roles.
The previous policy of changing the gender marker in the passport required that a medical certificate be included in the application, which was only available to those who switched from one gender to another. This app is no longer required.