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'X' Passports in US Mark Shift Toward Respecting Gender Diversity

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image A U.S. Passport cover shown on May 25, 2021, in Washington, D.C.   © 2021 Eileen Putman/AP Photo The United States government announced today it will institute a third gender category on passports, allowing citizens to choose to be designated other than male or female. Currently US citizens have to choose “F” for female or “M” for male on travel documents. The new policy will allow applicants to select “X” for non-binary or unspecified, meaning the US joins a dozen other countries – from Canada to Malta to Nepal – that recognize more than two genders on their passports.…


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