The LGBT community has scored another victory thanks in part to the Biden administration.
According to reports, the United States has issued its first passport listing an individual’s gender as “X” instead of male or female.
“Like being in jail but not quite”
As the Associated Press explained, the move marks a “milestone” for transgender individuals and is expected to be the first in a growing number of such passports offered in the near future.
As for the recipient of this groundbreaking passport, reports identify 63-year-old Dana Zzyym as a Colorado resident who was raised as a male but later identified as intersex.
Zzyym’s legal dispute with the State Department reportedly dates back to 2015 and included a request for a passport that would reflect the desired gender. The federal government initially refused that request, which Zzyym said resulted in a type of oppression.
“I felt pretty restricted from the time that they denied my passport application,” Zzyym said of the experience. “It’s sort of like being in jail but not quite.”
Now, the Biden administration’s State Department has agreed to provide a passport with gender identified only as “X.” Zzyym was reportedly overjoyed to learn of the personal victory, which was finalized with the delivery of the passport following a celebration of Intersex Awareness Day.
“Freedom, dignity, and equality”
For its part, the State Department touted the development in a tweet from spokesperson Ned Price on Wednesday.
The agency “continues to take steps to demonstrate our commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people — including LGBTQI+ U.S. citizens,” he wrote.
Of course, activists are pushing for even more concessions as Zzyym and the State Department work toward making such gender-neutral passports available to an increased number of Americans who do not identify as either male or female.
Early reports suggest the federal government is pursuing options that would allow travelers to choose from categories including intersex, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming when applying for a passport. The State Department acknowledged, however, that it will take some time before any such change is fully implemented.
While LGBT activists and progressive pundits herald the move as a step toward a fully inclusive society, many on the right insist that the federal government is essentially denying reality as it relates to gender.