Gender Selection Easier for US Passports, To Promote “Freedom & Dignity”

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The United States State Department has made gender selection easier for its citizens when applying for a passport. Earlier this year, the US State Department announced that US passport holders can finally decide & select their own gender. Previously, passport applicants had to provide a medical certificate as gender proof if they wished to mark a different gender on their passports than the one marked on their birth certificate.

This is a welcome move for US citizens who wished to select their own gender over having to choose one which they may not currently identify as.

The decision to let citizens select their gender on passports is part of the US President Joe Biden’s & his office’s efforts to support LGBTQI rights & freedom. Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State, announced this move in June. “The Department of State is committed to promoting the freedom, dignity and equality of all people — including LGBTQI+ persons,” Blinken said in a statement earlier this year. The decision is a step towards helping people express their identity with freedom & also maintaining dignity while doing so.

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One of the major goals of the US Department of State is to add a 3rd non-binary gender option on passports. The addition of a 3rd non-binary gender option would take time, the Secretary of State said as part of the statement while assuring the office of the President of the United States is committed to resolve issues with gender identity in order to help & enable LGBTQI+ individuals express themselves with more freedom & eliminating indignation.

A host of countries around the world already have a 3rd non-binary gender option for selection on their passports or national identity verification documents, few of these countries are India. Germany, Nepal, Argentina, Canada & Germany.  US President Biden has promised to LGBTQI+ rights a priority, rights that include foreign policy especially in acceptance of refugees from other countries.

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Mr, Blinken also said while the process of adding a 3rd non-binary option would take some time, the Federal Government of USA would be committed to ensuring a smooth travel experience for passport holders of all genders until the modification required are in place. The announcement was made on the last day of Pride Month in USA as part of which the State Department flew the ‘Progress’ flag to welcome intersex people as a key part of movement lobbying for LGBTQI+ rights & equality.

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