United States Issues Passports with Gender X Marker for Non-binary

United States Issues Passports with Gender X Marker for Non-binary

The US State Department said Wednesday it had issued the first American passport with the gender marker "X", which is designed to designate non-binary, intersex, and gendered persons other than male or female on their travel documents.

Ummatimes - Foreign Minister Antony Blinken announced in June that the X marker would be offered as an option on passports, following other countries including Canada, Germany, Australia and India, which have offered a third gender on documents.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States was moving toward adding an "X" gender marker as an option for those applying for a U.S. passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

Price did not identify the first "X" gender passport holder, but civil rights organization Lambda Legal said his client Dana Zzyym was the first recipient.

"I almost cried when I opened the envelope, pulled out my new passport, and saw the 'X' boldly stamped under the caption 'sex'," Zzyym, an intersex and non-binary US Navy veteran, said on Wednesday. "It took me six years, but to have an accurate passport, one that doesn't force me to identify as male or female but admits that I am neither, it's a relief."

Zzyym, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns "they, them, and their", was born with ambiguous sex characteristics. Lambda Legal said in a statement that Zzyym underwent several irreversible and medically unnecessary surgeries, after their parents decided to raise them as boys.

After serving in the US Navy and attending Colorado State University, Zzyym realized he was born intersex.

Zzyym's previous passport applications were rejected because they required applicants to select "male" or "female" as a gender marker.

"When you're denied access to places, it's like a prison," Zzyym said in a television interview on Wednesday.

"I really wanted to go on a fishing trip like Costa Rica or Mexico or something... So it was like my first dream," said the owner of the United States' first non-binary passport.