This week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that soon, medical documentation will no longer be required to change their gender and that a third option beyond “male” and “female” will soon be introduced.
“We will be updating our procedures to allow applicants to self-select their gender as ‘M’ or ‘F’ and will no longer require medical certification if an applicant’s self-selected gender does not match the gender on their other citizenship or identity documents,” Blinken said in a statement.
Today we are taking important steps toward ensuring the fair treatment of LGBTQI+ U.S. citizens. https://t.co/tfNnTUQmsp
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 30, 2021
“The Department has begun moving towards adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a passport,” he also explained, although this change might not be so soon.
“The process of adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons to these documents is technologically complex and will take time for extensive systems updates,” Secretary Blinken said.
Townhall notes that President Joe Biden vowed on the campaign trail to pursue such changes to documentation requirements to accommodate transgender and gender-nonconforming Americans.
Biden promised to “ensure all transgender individuals have access to identification documents that accurately reflect their gender identity. Biden believes every transgender or non-binary person should have the option of changing their gender marker to ‘M, ‘F,’ or ‘X’ on government identifications, passports, and other documentation.”
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