The U.S. has just released the FIRST passport with an ‘X’ gender designation.
The U.S. has finally allowed a gender designation different from ‘M’ for male and ‘F’ for female to be filed in a citizen’s passport. This comes as the Department of State continues to update its gender marker policies for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs), Unilad reports.
Ned Price, a spokesperson for the department, claims this would “better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender identity.”
According to Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, the ‘X’ gender designation is a step in the right direction for emphasizing “our enduring commitment to the LGBTQI+ community today and moving forward.”
Jessica Stern, the U.S. special diplomatic representative for LGBTQ+ rights, described the move as “historic” and “celebratory.”
“When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect.”
“The Department also continues to work closely with other U.S. government agencies to ensure as smooth a travel experience as possible for all passport holders, regardless of their gender identity.
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 LGBTQI+ persons.”
The first U.S. passport with an ‘X’ gender designation is believed to have been issued to Dana Zzyym.
Zzyym is an intersex person from Colorado who has been involved in a legal dispute with the department since 2015. They were denied a passport after refusing to check male or female on their application.
The 63-year-old former Navy officer was born with ambiguous physical sexual characteristics and raised as a male. After his service, he began identifying as intersex while working and studying at Colorado State University.
Speaking to Reuters, Zzyym said:
“You can’t stop us anymore. You can’t deny our existence anymore. This is it. We’re here.”