“The U.S. special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, Jessica Stern, called the moves historic and celebratory”
The State Department is rolling out a new “X” gender designation for passports and it’s being hailed as a “milestone” for passport applicants who don’t identify as male or female.
There are still Americans stranded in Afghanistan, but the Biden administration has its own set of priorities.
Colleen Slevin reports at the Associated Press:
United States issues its 1st passport with ‘X’ gender marker
The United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation — a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who don’t identify as male or female — and expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year, the State Department said Wednesday.
The U.S. special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, Jessica Stern, called the moves historic and celebratory, saying they bring the government documents in line with the “lived reality” that there is a wider spectrum of human sex characteristics than is reflected in the previous two designations.
“When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect,” Stern said.
The department did not announce to whom the passport was issued. A department official declined to say whether it was for Dana Zzyym, an intersex Colorado resident who has been in a legal battle with the department since 2015, saying the department does not usually discuss individual passport applications because of privacy concerns.
Just yesterday, the State Department spokesman made a statement about gender for “Intersex Awareness Day.”
.@StateDeptSpox on Intersex Awareness Day: As @POTUS and @SecBlinken have made clear, it is the policy of the United States to pursue an end to violence and discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics. pic.twitter.com/kJPOLhWNch
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 26, 2021
Doesn’t the State Department have bigger issues to deal with right now?
This will especially come in useful when the Biden State Department abandons you in a hostile foreign Country. https://t.co/2CCPyrYRiV
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 27, 2021
US issues first passport with ‘X’ gender marker.
Great news for Americans still stuck in Afghanistan.https://t.co/O7tgDxDrgB
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) October 27, 2021
For you Americans trapped in Afghanistan, don't worry. We're on it. https://t.co/MO0Evb8v7L
— Tom Shattuck (@tomshattuck) October 27, 2021
The U.S. is politically persecuting American Citizens, the Southern Border is being invaded, and we’re on the verge of economic ruin but don’t worry—
The very first passport with an ‘X’ gender marking has been issued. https://t.co/lvB7to1Gn4
— Tayler Hansen (@TaylerUSA) October 27, 2021
It’s just stunning to see the State Department focused on this as the United States faces multiple, major issues on the world stage.
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