The United States Government has taken a considerable step in joining a small number of countries in allowing citizens the option of identifying as non-binary on their passports.
On Wednesday, the first US Passport that had an ‘X’ mark for gender was issued; the move acknowledging gender-neutral, intersex and non-binary travellers.
Announced in June of this year, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the X marker would bring the US into line with Canada, Germany, Australia and India, which already offer the option.
U.S. special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, Jessica Stern, said the decision now brings the government documents closer to the lived reality of non-binary, gender-neutral and intersex citizens.
“When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect,” Stern said.