US issues first passport with X gender designation to reflect 'lived reality' of nonbinary people

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Americans will be allowed to travel on a passport with a third gender option – Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

The US has issued its first passport with a third gender identifier of X, fulfilling a promise Joe Biden’s administration made in June to add a nonbinary alternative to the traditional male or female.

Officials announced on Wednesday that the passports would become more widely available to US citizens next year, reflecting what they said was the “lived reality” of people with non-conforming sex characteristics.

“When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect,” Jessica Stern, US special envoy for LGBTQ rights, said.

“We see this as a way of affirming and uplifting the human rights of trans and intersex and gender-nonconforming and nonbinary people everywhere.”

Earlier this year the state department said it was moving towards approving the X identifier but the process would take time due to a need to update computer systems and government-issued forms.

The promise followed a lengthy legal battle involving a Colorado resident, Dana Zzyym, formerly a male US Navy veteran who now identifes as intersex, whose 2014 passport application was rejected for failing to tick either the male or female box.

Court documents show that Zzyym requested for a third option, a box marked X, be added to the existing choices.

In announcing the first such passport, the state department, citing a policy of not commenting on individual applications, did not confirm it was issued to Zzyym, associate director for the Intersex Campaign for Equality.

An opinion on Zzyym’s case by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal last year stated: “A chef might label a jar of salt a jar of sugar, but the label does not make the salt any sweeter. Nor does requiring intersex people to mark ‘male’ or ‘female’ on an application make the passport any more accurate.”

According to the state department, passport applicants no longer have to submit medical certification if their gender did not match other identification documents.

Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Canada are the only other countries that allow passport applicants to designate a gender other than male or female.

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