gender neutral now available on passes

The United States has taken another step toward recognizing a neutral gender, neither male nor female, since Monday, April 11. Anyone applying for a passport in the country can now tick the “X” box instead of just choosing between male and female. The announcement was made by the State Department on March 31, the International Day of Transgender Visibility.

By fulfilling this promise made in the fall, the State Department will, according to a press release of the “First Federal Agency” USA to offer this option on a government-issued identification document. Some other countries allow a similar approach. Australia created this neutral genre in 2011. Since then, Pakistan, Nepal, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and Argentina have followed.

“Transgender people are some of the bravest in our country. But no one should be brave enough to just be themselves.”, the White House said in a statement. The State Department announced in October 2021 that it had issued the first American passport with an “X” under the notation “Sex”, but at the time it was not a routine procedure.

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“There I have the state that says who I am as a person”

As one of the first people to apply for these new gender-neutral ID cards, D. Ojeda ticks the box marked with an “X”, thereby confirming without having to explain his gender change from his previous passport to a female gender. D. – who uses the pronouns she and she in English, iel, in French and is rather given to the masculine – find that ” incredible “.

Because if his family “still doesn’t recognize” his identity with such a document, at least the state [la] recognize[ra] »D. told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

My family, they still don’t get it. You still don’t use the first name I want. At least there I have the state that says who I am as a person. And, you know, I can say to people, ‘Here are my papers, this is how the state sees me, and maybe you should start looking at me for who I am’.

1.2 million non-binary people in the United States

The White House also announced a number of initiatives to ease administrative procedures for transgender people: updating body scanners used in airports to accommodate non-binary and intersex people; simplification of many administrative procedures; or even the creation of a gender transition information website aimed at young people and their parents.

“It’s a nice sign of support [qui] will certainly matter to a small number of people.for his part, greets Abeni Jones, author and artist, in a column published by the Washington Post. However, for someone who has “socially changed, [fait inscrire le genre féminin sur son passeport] and had breast’s not quite one “Advance for Inclusion” in a ratio presented by the State Department. “There would be an easier, cheaper and more effective option: removing mention of gender from all passports.”says Abeni Jones.

About 1.2 million people in the United States identify as non-binary, according to a University of California study published in June. Only about 16,700 of them, or 1.4%, would be likely to apply for a gender-neutral passport, according to a study by the Williams Institute, an American think tank, and leaked by the newspaper The hill.

The issue of gender is one of the most controversial

D. Ojeda holds a gender-neutral driver’s license from Virginia. Currently, twenty-one states and the District of Columbia permit such permits. But issues of gender and identity are among the most contentious in the country. Other conservative states have imposed restrictive regulations, particularly on caring for transgender minors, playing sports, or even using the restroom.

In Texas, investigations have been launched into parents over a controversial governor’s directive that equates certain procedures “Gender transformation” for minors too “bad treatments” criminally reprehensible. He mentions surgical interventions, but also hormone treatments. “The administration [fédérale] Again condemns the increase in dangerous legislative attacks on transgender people in several states”reads the White House statement.

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“This type of law has been shown to stigmatize and endanger the well-being of transgender children” and “Risk of Discrimination and Harassment” against their families, says the American executive.

Le Monde and AFP

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