Starting in April, US citizens can choose ‘X’ for their gender identity on their passports. The X will be added to the male and female options on passport applications. The Biden Administration has been pushing for the gender-neutral option to be included in travel documents since early this year.
The U.S. special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights stated:
“Humans “do not always fit within a male or female category around the world…The addition of a third gender marker propels the U.S. forward toward ensuring that our administrative systems account for the diversity of gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics among U.S. citizens.”
In June 2021, the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken announced the move to make gender-neutral passports available in the U.S. The move allows individuals to self-select their gender without medical certification. This means that a person’s selected gender does not have to match citizenship or identity documents.
The Daily Wire reported:
“These moves include changing the current, gender-based system for pat-downs and other screening and taking away gender considerations when validating a traveler’s ID at airport security checkpoints.”