The unidentified traveler was allowed to choose an “X” instead of an “F” or “M,” for female or male, in the “sex” section of the federally issued document, the State Department announced Wednesday.
“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,” Ned Price, a spokesman for the department, said in a statement.
Jessica Stern, the country’s special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, said the groundbreaking move brings the government up to speed with the notion that sex and gender aren’t always black and white.
“When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect,” Stern said, adding there’s a spectrum for human sex characteristics.
Officials declined to say who had received the precedent-setting passport, including if it went to Dana Zzyym, an intersex Colorado resident who has been locked in a legal battle with the department since 2015.
Zzyym filed a lawsuit after they were denied a passport for failing to check male or female on an application, instead writing in “intersex.”
The Biden Administration announced the third gender option in June, saying applicants would also be able to choose whether they identify as male or female without medical certification.
It wasn’t immediately clear when the passport had been issued or how people seeking the “X” marker could receive it in the future. ✪
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