State Department issues first passport with "X" gender marker
The State Department announced Wednesday that it has issued the first U.S. passport with an "X" gender marker.
Driving the news: The announcement comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in June the department had started plans to add a gender marker for individuals who do not identify as either male or female, according to a state department spokesperson.
- Blinken said at the time that applicants would no longer need to submit medical certification if their stated gender does not match their other documents.
What they're saying: "The Department 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," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in Wednesday's announcement.
- "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."
What's next: U.S. officials are still "in the process of completing necessary systems and form updates," a spokesperson said.
- The department will begin offering the new gender marker option to all passport applicants in early 2022.