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US to allow transgender passport applicants to mark gender with 'X'

This means that Americans identifying as transgender will be able to choose "X" on applications, regardless of the gender shown on their birth certificates or other previous official documents.

March 31, 2022 / 07:37 PM IST
Americans will be able to choose a gender neutral

Americans will be able to choose a gender neutral "X" on passport applications, instead of male or female.

Americans will be able to choose a gender neutral "X" on passport applications, instead of male or female, starting April 11, the US government announced Thursday.

This means that Americans identifying as transgender will be able to choose "X" on applications, regardless of the gender shown on their birth certificates or other previous official documents.

"For far too long, transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming Americans have faced significant barriers to travelling safely and many have not had their gender identity respected as they travel within the United States and around the world," the White House said.

"This is a major step in delivering on the president's commitment to expand access to accurate identification documents for transgender and non-binary Americans," a statement said.