WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans will be allowed to choose X as their gender in their passport applications starting April 11, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, as the Biden administration moves in some states to target “trans people”. Gender Visible Day”. Transgender.
The U.S. State Department said in June that U.S. citizens can choose their gender on applications without submitting medical documents. In October, it issued the first U.S. passport with an “X” gender marker, designed to add a marker other than male or female to travel documents for non-binary, intersex and gender-nonconforming people.
“Beginning April 11, U.S. citizens will be able to select X as their gender marker in their U.S. passport applications, and that option will be used for other forms of documentation over the next year,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement Say.
The change is one of several measures announced by the Biden administration, a day after the Republican governors of Oklahoma and Arizona signed bills banning transgender athletes from participating in girls’ school sports.
They join a growing list of states that have passed or enacted similar laws on contentious election-year issues. In recent years, issues such as trans and reproductive rights have been brought to the forefront of the culture wars raging in parts of the United States.
“The Administration reiterates its condemnation of the proliferation of dangerous anti-trans legislative attacks that have been introduced and passed in state legislatures across the country,” the White House said in a statement as it would take steps aimed at removing barriers for trans people.
These include easing travel, providing resources for transgender children and their families, improving access to federal services and benefits, and increasing the inclusion and visibility of federal data.
TSA will implement gender-neutral screening at its checkpoints, change imaging technology, reduce the number of tap screenings, remove gender recognition from checkpoint screenings, and update TSA PreCheck to include “X” in its app “Gender markers.
The Department of Health and Human Services has released a new website https://www.hhs.gov/programs/topic-sites/lgbtqi/index.html with resources for transgender and LGBTQI+ youth, their parents and providers.
Other agencies will announce new actions to expand the collection and use of sexual orientation and gender identity data, the White House said.
“Every American deserves the freedom to be who they are. But too many transgender Americans still face systemic barriers, discrimination and violence,” the White House said.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by William Maclean)
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