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US issues first passport with 'X' gender
Published on: 2021-10-29
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The United States on Wednesday announced its first passport with "X" for gender, a landmark step for people outside the binary male or female categories.
 

The State Department said it had issued a first passport with "X" for gender and would make the option routinely available by early 2022 both for passports and birth certificates of Americans abroad.
 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken had promised to address the issue in June but said that there were technological hurdles that needed to be addressed.
 

Under Blinken, the State Department has also allowed US passport holders to select their gender on passports.
 

Previously, Americans required medical certification if they sought to mark a gender on their passports different than on their birth certificates or other documents.
 

The Human Rights Campaign, a leading advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, called the new passport policy "historic."
 

At least 11 other countries already have an "X" or "other" option for passports, according to the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, a London-based advocacy group.
 

The countries include Canada, Germany and Argentina as well as India, Nepal and Pakistan.
 

美国推出“X”性别护照

美国国务院27日宣布,该部门推出第一本性别选项为“X”的美国护照。

报道称,从明年起,美国人将可以申请获得这种护照。该护照持有人是无法按照惯例界定自己性别的人群。此举是为了保障性少数群体的平等权益。此前,世界上可以在护照上标注第三性别的国家有澳大利亚、印度、加拿大、马耳他、尼泊尔和新西兰。美国很多民众对此表示欢迎,认为这给了一些少数群体更大的自由。

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