Wednesday’s State Department issued the first U.S. passport that included an “X” gender marker. This allows American passport holders to choose from a third option if they don’t identify as male or female.
“The Department of State continues the process of updating its policies regarding gender markers on U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender identity,” press secretary Ned Price said in a statement.
He said that the Department was moving to add an X-gender marker for non-binary, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people applying for a U.S. Passport or CRBA.
Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, announced the move in June. He stated that it will mean that Americans won’t need a medical certificate to choose a particular gender.
The department didn’t specify to who the passport was issued.
Jessica Stern, U.S. special diplomatic representative for LGBTQ rights, stated that the U.S. government’s historic policy adaptation brought it closer to a “lived reality”.
“When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect,” Stern stated.
All passport applicants are not yet able to use the option to indicate gender X in a passport application.
Price stated that the department plans to make the option available widely starting in 2022.
“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,” Price added.