“It is dignity when you have an ID that reflects your true identity”
Issued to 63-year-old Ganseong… Currently implementing option 3 in 10 countries
(Washington, Seoul = Yonhap News) Correspondent Baek Na-ri, Correspondent Kim Ji-yeon = The U.S. State Department is the first to issue passports with an ‘X’ for gender rather than female or male, the Associated Press reported on the 27th (local time).
It recognized the rights of those who could not be issued a passport because they did not define themselves as male or female, and opened the way to secure official identification.
LGBTQ rights envoy Jennifer Stern said it was “historical and celebrated” and said, “When a person has an identity card that reflects their true identity, they live with greater dignity.”
The State Department did not disclose who was issued the first “sex X” passport, citing privacy concerns.
The Associated Press reported that Dana Jim, 63, who has been litigating with the State Department in Colorado since 2015 over gender labeling, has confirmed that the passport has been received.
Born with ambiguous physical characteristics, when applying for a passport, Jim wrote ‘intersex’ in the space that was supposed to indicate whether he was male or female, and requested that he be able to indicate his gender with an ‘X’ in a separate document.
He said he had undergone several surgeries as he was raised as a man, but it was not very successful. After being denied the issuance of a passport, he was unable to attend Ganseong-related events held abroad, so he started a legal battle.
On the one hand, Jim said he was happy to receive a passport, but said that the ultimate goal is to help the next generation of ‘intersex’ like him go beyond simple travel and be recognized as full-fledged citizens with rights.
GLAAD, a US non-governmental organization that works to monitor and promote LGBT images in the media, also welcomed the US State Department’s decision by announcing that Jim had received his passport.
An official from the group emphasized, “Intersex, non-binary (a person who has a gender identity that is beyond the binary gender division of male and female), and transgender (transgender) need ID cards that accurately reflect who they are.”
He explained that those with ID cards that do not match the stipulated gender could have problems with safety or appearance.
“I almost cried when I opened the envelope, pulled out a new passport and saw an ‘X’ in the ‘Gender’ column, Jim said in a GLAAD statement. Having an accurate passport is liberating,” he said.
The State Department has also decided to allow passport applications of a defined gender without proof through medical records, the Associated Press reported.
Previously, when Americans applied for a passport with a gender different from the gender indicated on their birth certificate, they had to submit a certificate from a medical institution.
The State Department also said it will provide more options for gender labeling next year.
AFP reported that at least 11 countries, including Canada, Germany, Argentina, India, Nepal and Pakistan, offer an additional option such as an ‘X’ in the passport gender display.
The Joe Biden administration has made the recognition of diversity, including the expansion of LGBT rights, a key value, and is taking concrete measures accordingly.
This is in contrast to the previous administration of Donald Trump. At the time, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was reported to have refused to allow US embassies to raise rainbow flags in support of LGBT rights.
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