The United States has made significant progress in recognizing the gender of individuals. They have implemented the “Bathroom Bill,” which grants access to sex-segregated public facilities for an individual based on their gender determination as defined. There have been laws enacted that protect gender identity and now the Biden administration has created another way for people to adopt their gender identity when traveling.
The United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender title. According to the NPR, the State Department said the milestone marks the recognition of the rights of people who are not identified as male or female. President Joe Biden’s administration has kept its word after promising the move earlier this year to include more documents for people identified as non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming.
Dana Zaime, an intersex and non-binary resident of Colorado, came under pressure to make the change after she filed a lawsuit earlier this year. Dana argued that it was impossible for them to get passports with the correct gender because “female” and “male” were the only options. Lambda has represented Dana in the legal case and confirmed that Dana is the first passport to mark the gender “X”.
Dana also made a statement about the news that it was thrilling to finally get a passport. He went on to explain that the goal was to help the next generation of intersex people gain recognition as full citizens with rights rather than world travel.
State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said in a statement that “I would like to reiterate the State Department’s commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity and equality of all people, including LGBTQI + people, on the occasion of this passport issue.” “
According to Ned Price, the department plans to offer all passport applicants the option by early 2022 when they have finished updating their system forms.
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