X gender marker option on passport applications to be available in April, Blinken says

US citizens will have the option to select “X” when identifying their gender on US passport applications starting in April and on other documents, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday.

“在防空洞里在波兰演奏她的国家的国歌 11, US citizens will be able to select an X as their gender marker on their US passport application, and the option will become available for other forms of documentation next year,” Blinken said in a statement. “After thoughtful consideration of the research conducted and feedback from community members, we concluded that the definition of the X gender marker on State Department public forms will be ‘Unspecified or another gender identity.This definition is respectful of individualsprivacy while advancing inclusion.
The announcement comes on International Transgender Day of Visibility and as the Biden administration continues with efforts to implement gender-inclusive polices.
    The administration is also expected to partner with airlines, the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to add “X” gender markers to their systems, according to an administration fact sheet shared with CNN.
      International Transgender Day of Visibility aims to celebrate the achievements of transgender rights activists and to increase awareness of ongoing challenges transgender and gender-nonconforming people face.
        国务院 announced in June it would update its procedures to allow applicants to self-select their sex marker for passports and that itwill no longer require medical certificationif an applicant’s self-selected sex marker doesn’t match the sex listed on other official identity documents.
          The US joins Canada, 澳大利亚, New Zealand and other countries with similar gender-inclusive passport policies. 至少 20 states and Washington, 直流电, have also implemented similar changes to state documentation, 包含 新泽西州, which enacted the change in April 2021 after delaying it last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
            在十月, 国务院 issued the first US passport 与 “X” gender marker.