The United States issued its first US passport with an “X” gender marker, recognizing the rights of people who do not identify as male or female, the State Department said Wednesday.
The department said in a statement that it would extend the gender-neutral option to all applicants next year after updating its policies on passports and U.S. citizenship certificates for children born abroad. He said he was working with other government agencies to “ensure as smooth a travel experience as possible for all passport holders, regardless of their gender identity.”
He did not identify the recipient of the passport, but Lambda Legal, a national civil rights organization, said wednesday that the passport had been issued to Dana Zzyym, a former intersex soldier.
In 2015, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Colorado against the Mx State Department. On behalf of Zzyym after Mx. Zzyym was denied a gender-neutral passport.
Mx. Zzyym’s original birth certificate identified them as a male, and their driver’s license indicated them as a female, according to court documents.
The court ruled in favor of Mx. Zzyym in 2016, but Lambda Legal said in a statement that he had asked a federal court to reopen the case because the State Department continued to “refuse to recognize a gender marker that is neither ‘Mr. ”(Male) nor“ F ”(female). “
The State Department said in its statement Wednesday that the new option was part of a “commitment to promote freedom, dignity and equality for all.”
In June, the Biden administration announced a new rule creating a gender marker on passports and citizenship certificates for people who are non-binary, intersex, or non-conforming to gender roles.
The previous policy for changing a gender marker on a passport required that a medical certificate be included with the application, which was only available to those who had switched from one sex to another. This request is no longer necessary.