US Passports Soon to Include a Third Gender Marker Option

US Passports Soon to Include a Third Gender Marker Option

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US Passports Soon to Include a Third Gender Marker Option

US Passports Soon to Include a Third Gender Marker Option

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On Wednesday, June 30, secretary of state Antony Blinken stated that the department has begun the process of adding a third gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming people. He said the department will work closely with other agencies "to ensure as smooth a travel experience as possible for the passport holder," and "The process of adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons to these documents is complex and will take time." The change will apply to both existing passport holders and new applicants.

“In line with the administration’s commitment to re-engage with allies and partners, the department is taking these steps after considerable consultation with like-minded governments who have undertaken similar changes,” wrote Blinken. The positive changes aim to increase awareness and recognition of the LGBTQ+ community.