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Members and allies of the LGBTQ community participate in the Pride Walk through downtown D.C. on June 12. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Passport applicants will be able mark their self-identified gender without medical documentation, per a new State Department rule that is likely to be issued Wednesday, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The rule is set to be announced on the last day of Pride Month and marks the first step toward creating a gender marker on U.S. passports for individuals who identify as nonbinary, intersex or do not conform to gender roles, per the Times.

  • The process of officially implementing the rule for U.S. documents will take time to complete, the Times reports.
  • In the meantime, those who are applying for passports or proof of citizenship won't have to show medical certification if their stated gender does not match their other identified documents.

The big picture: Biden on the campaign trail said that he would push for expanded access to accurate identification documents, adding that without documented proof of their self-identified gender, transgender and nonbinary people risk being denied employment, housing and the right to vote.

  • Similar policies exist in Canada, Australia, Argentina, Nepal and New Zealand, per the Times.

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Aug 4, 2021 - Health

New York City revives vaccine passports

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

New York City yesterday became the first city in the U.S. to require proof of coronavirus vaccination for indoor dining and other leisure activities, a measure popular among public health experts but previously squashed by political backlash to "vaccine passports."

Why it matters: Employers and now local governments are starting to ensure that remaining unvaccinated will have consequences for everyday life, testing the resolve of those who say nothing could persuade them to get a shot.

6 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Democrats brace for staredown over paid family medical leave

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senior House Democrats are braced for battle with the Senate over whether paid family medical leave — a key priority for progressives — will be included in President Biden’s final budget reconciliation bill, lawmakers and aides tell Axios.

Why it matters: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has indicated he wants to cut the program to reduce the bill's price tag. “Paid family and medical leave must be in the final package,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Axios on Monday.

38 mins ago - World

Poland showdown is EU's Jan. 6 moment, top official says

Didier Reynders. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

Poland and Hungary have forced a moment of reflection on the European Union — similar to the one in the U.S. after the Jan. 6 insurrection, EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders told Axios.

What he's saying: "During many years, we have had in our minds that it was granted that if you are a member of the EU, of course you apply the rule of law; you have full respect for democracy, fundamental rights and so on — maybe with some concerns but with a real intention to adapt your legislation to be in full compliance [with EU law]," Reynders said.

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