U.S. government issues first passport with an X gender marker to a U.S. citizen who does not identify as woman or man

"The Department of State continues the process of updating its policies regarding gender markers on U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender identity. As the Secretary announced in June, the Department is moving towards adding an X gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a U.S. passport or CRBA," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

The United States government announced on Wednesday that it has issued the first passport with an X gender marker to a U.S. citizen who does not identify as male or female. An X gender marker will be added to passports of U.S. citizens who identify as non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced in June.

“The Department of State continues the process of updating its policies regarding gender markers on U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender identity. As the Secretary announced in June, the Department is moving towards adding an X gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a U.S. passport or CRBA,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds the Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. Department of State in Washington 
Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds the Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. Department of State in Washington

Price said the Department has issued the first U.S. passport with an X gender marker without identifying who the citizen is.  

“We look forward to offering this option to all routine passport applicants once we complete the required system and form updates in early 2022.  We will provide updates and information on our website: travel.state.gov/gender,” he said.

Price added that the Department of State “also continues to work closely with other U.S. government agencies to ensure as smooth a travel experience as possible for all passport holders, regardless of their gender identity.” “I want to reiterate, on the occasion of this passport issuance, the Department of State’s commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people – including LGBTQI+ persons.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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