State Department Issues First Gender “X” U.S. Passport

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The United States State Department has issued its first passport with the gender marked “X,” following an announcement this summer that the option would be available for gender fluid and gender-nonconforming American travelers.

The agency announced this week that they intend to offer further options in the future to “better serve” members of the public who do not identify as male or female.

CBN News reports that Secretary of State Antony Blinken first announced in June that the “X” option would be available to passport applicants.

No supporting documentation is required to apply for the gender non-binary passports.

This week’s historic issuance of the gender “X” passport was given to an unnamed citizen and was hailed by Blinken as indicative of the administration’s commitment to the LGBT+ community.

“With this action, I express our enduring commitment to the LGBTQI+ community today and moving forward,” he said.

The Associated Press, however, spoke with Dana Zzyym, a Colorado-based intersex activist, who claims to have been the recipient.

“I’m not a problem. I’m a human being. That’s the point,” said Zzyym, who was born with both male and female characteristics but was raised as a boy.

LGBT activists also hailed the move.

“Intersex, nonbinary, and transgender people need identity documents that accurately reflect who we are, and having mismatched documents can create problems with safety and visibility,” Mary Emily O’Hara of GLAAD said in a statement.

The move was also hailed by the U.S. special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, Jessica Stern, who said that “when a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect.”

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