This decision falls in line with the President’s campaign promise to advance LGBTQ+ equality and diversity around America and abroad, as well as his recent commitments to make it easier for transgender Americans to change their documents and live more authentic lives.
The U.S Department of State announced that U.S passports will now be more inclusive as it will offer a third gender option for nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people who do not identify with male or female genders.
No More Medical Certification
The U.S passport application form will also no longer require medical certification; applicants can self-attest to their chosen gender instead.
The U.S Department of State made this decision after the Biden administration lifted the old rule requiring transgender Americans to provide paperwork from a doctor stating that they had either completed or were currently undergoing the process of transition.
New Passport Is On Its Way
The new passport is on its way; all that’s left is to update the system.
“We are evaluating the best approach to achieve this goal,” said Blinken in an official statement. “The process of adding a gender marker for nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming persons to these documents is technologically complex and will take time for extensive systems updates.”
Third Gender Around The World
Many countries around the world have now recognized that not every person identifies as strictly male or female. Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Nepal, New Zealand, and Pakistan are already using a third gender option on passports.
The U.S. State Department is making a major stride for equality by adding a third gender option to passports, which will now include nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming applicants.