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State Department will allow an ‘X’ gender designation on passports

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The U.S. State Department announced today that it will work toward adding an “X” gender designation for those people who say they are “non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming” passport applicants.

The new policy announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinkin says there will no longer need to be a medical certification to change the gender designation on your passport. He did not say when the new rule would go into effect, but said it would take some time.

Last year the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the State Department to reconsider its decision to deny a passport to a person who identifies as “intersex.”

“Today, I am pleased to announce that the Department will be taking further steps toward ensuring the fair treatment of LGBTQI+ U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender or sex, by beginning the process of updating our procedures for the issuance of U.S. Passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA),” Blinken said in a statement.

“Most immediately, we will be updating our procedures to allow applicants to self-select their gender as “M” or “F” and will no longer require medical certification if an applicant’s self-selected gender does not match the gender on their other citizenship or identity documents,” his statement said.

“The Department has begun moving towards adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a passport or CRBA.  We are evaluating the best approach to achieve this goal.  The process of adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons to these documents is technologically complex and will take time for extensive systems updates. The Department will also be working closely with its interagency partners to ensure as smooth a travel experience as possible for the passport holder,” he said.

According to Lambda Legal, which represented the plaintiff in this case, at least 10 other countries issue passports with options other than male or female. They include Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand, and Pakistan.

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia allow residents to obtain state driver’s licenses and state ID cards with neutral gender markers.

Blinken’s announcement is at this link: Proposing Changes to the Department’s Policies on Gender on U.S. Passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad – United States Department of State.

More details of the new gender marker here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/need-passport/selecting-your-gender-marker.html

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • How do you spell “X” in the vernacular?
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    “IT”

    • No, it is a definition for ‘mentally ill and need help’.

  • “ Today, I am pleased to announce that the Department will be taking further steps toward ensuring the fair treatment of LGBTQI+ U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender or sex, by beginning the process of updating our procedures for the issuance of U.S. Passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA),” Blinken said in a statement.
    .
    OK…lesbians, gays and bisexuals aren’t confused or mentally deficient about their gender or sex so this is really just for the mentally ill transgenders who think that they can morph their biology through really intense wishful thinking coupled with surgical mutilation and/or abnormal drug therapy.
    I support this change, though, because we should be able to easily identify the mentally ill who move through society around us. This designation should be mandatory.

    • Great idea! Maybe we should come up with something for those who have one blue eye and one green eye. Or brown eye.
      There’s always something that someone is doing that I don’t want them to do, whether it affects me or not.

  • Hmm… I identify as a Martian today – can I have a green “M” on my Passport? Come on man, some things are just stupid.

  • Two genders. Period. If they believe they are something else likened to a unicorn in a fairy tale that is on them. They are spoiled children. You do not pander to a mentally deficient person. You don’t accept this by making special things on passports for them so they can continue their illness in the real world. Enough is enough. If folks haven’t figured out the LGBTQ are the ones destroying the fabric of the American family, our children, our schools, our sanity, with their bullying agenda ya better look at things more focused.
    This should never occur on a passport. It’s a legal document for travel. Two genders, your a male or female. An X to me says your are nothing. Sorry.

    • Agree, and, most likely other countries have not bowed to this extreme insanity so how in the world will such a designation on a passport when work outside the US? We are the only country full of these wacked ‘government officials’ making such ludicrous decisions.

  • What do I check if I identify as an elm tree?

  • And I thought the zombie apocalypse was science fiction…..

  • As we require children to hold devices emitting sterilizing waves aimed at their ovaries in the course of education there will be fewer and sicker humans birthed. Also schools are metal buildings and the school computers are ennervated by five g so boohoo on the hormones there. Add if you will injections that reportedly cause damage in procreative anatomy we will find we have exchanged human procreation for communications. I suppose that solves the family issues for the time being. I have seen hard to read budget reports where Covid is located as a line item on UN budgets thru 3/31/25. Soooo, I believe that is indictia that’s the date chosen by the monarchs for “it” to end. Just be happy.

  • The State Department has been a resistance stronghold since Clinton. Needs to be purged of political actors and set on a nonpartisan course in support for US interests.

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