US issues first gender-neutral ‘X’ passport

US issues first gender-neutral ‘X’ passport

The United States issued its first gender-neutral passport.

The official document has a gender designation “X”.

Dana Zzyym of Fort Collins, Colorado, told the Associated Press that this is their passport and that they have been fighting with the government about it since 2015.

Dana Zzyym prefers a neutral pronoun. Photo: AP

Zzyym, who prefers a gender-neutral pronoun, said it was exciting to finally get the passport, but the struggle for a passport with an accurate gender designation was a way to help the next generation of intersex people be recognized as full citizens with rights.

“I am not a problem. I am a human being. That’s the goal, ”said the 63-year-old.

U.S. Special Diplomatic Envoy for LGBTQ Rights Jessica Stern said the ruling aligns passports with the “lived reality” that there is a wider range of human sexual characteristics than both reflected. previous designations.

“When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with more dignity and respect,” said Ms. Stern.

Zzyym had previously been denied a passport after failing to verify a man or woman on an application.

According to court documents, they wrote “intersex” above the boxes marked “M” and “F” and requested an “X” instead in a separate letter.

Zzyymm was born with ambiguous physical sex characteristics. They were raised as a boy and underwent several surgeries that failed to make them appear fully masculine, according to court records.

They served as males in the Navy, but were later identified as intersex while working and studying at Colorado State University.

The State Department’s refusal of their passports prevented them from attending an Intersex International Organization meeting in Mexico.

In June, the department said it was preparing to add a third gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming people. But he said the move would take time due to necessary updates to his computer systems.

Applicants will also now be able to choose their gender as male or female themselves, meaning they will no longer be required to provide a medical certificate if their gender does not match that stated on other documents from identification.

“We see this as a way to assert and elevate the human rights of trans and intersex and gender nonconforming and non-binary people all over the world,” said Ms. Stern.


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