Gender Choice Passport Victory – Socialist Freedom Party

State-Specific Non-Binary Gender Policies – PURPLE: Recognition via law or policy (eg, non-binary option on state ID cards). STRIPED: Recognition in a specific case by court order. GRAY: No legal recognition. GREEN: Actively discourage recognition.

In a major policy change on April 11, US passports now have a third gender option for people who do not describe themselves as male or female. Dana Zzyym, a non-binary person from Colorado, fought seven years in court for this right. In December 2021, Zzyym became the first person in the country to have a passport issued with gender “X”. The State Department also dropped requirements for medical documentation of sex if it differs from birth certificates.

Finally, the United States now joins many other countries that allow third gender identification on official documents, including India, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Malta, Nepal and others. . Zzyym, who is also intersex (born with atypical physical sex characteristics), welcomed the decision, telling NPR, “This is great news for all intersex and non-binary people… We don’t have to lie to get it.” our passports. We can just be ourselves.

Gender selection on official documents is an important, even life-saving victory for many non-binary and transgender people. The past two years have seen an upsurge in anti-trans legislation and right-wing attacks on LGBTQI+ people, especially women and people of color. Intimidation tactics such as deadnaming (using a former name of a transgender person) and intentional sexual abuse have led to harassment, hate-motivated violence and suicide.

Other recent victories. On the national front, Census Bureau household surveys are now beginning to include third-gender identification options. And the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will update its PreCheck program to include an “X” gender option on its apps. The TSA will also begin using scanners with new technology that replaces gender-based systems and will train screening officers to ignore gender when comparing documents.

Certain state laws took effect in California on January 1, 2022 that allow public college students to determine the name they want on their credentials and standardize a process for updating other college records. And in Montana, a district court judge blocked a law that required proof of surgery and a court order to change the sex designation on a birth certificate. The court said that singling out only transgender people and ignoring health privacy protections violates the state constitution.

The fight deepens. However, having a third gender option on the documents is not enough. Police and coroners still confuse victims in the media, and bosses and teachers continue to use language and practices that only assume two genders. Until all vital records and documents, from driver’s licenses to school transcripts to birth certificates, could be easily changed to match an individual’s gender identity options – without court order or significant costs – the detrimental effects will remain heaviest on people of color and the poor in general. Indeed, asked one trans activist, “Why require gender identity on any documents? This perpetuates prejudice against women.

The far right, however, is stepping up its culture war on multiple fronts. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, for example, signed into law the nation’s first bill banning non-binary markers on birth certificates. Right-wing politicians are determined to ban anything related to LGBTQI+, non-white races and cultures, and to ban books written by or about them. The threat to women’s reproductive rights is part of this open war. These far-right politicians assume the intrinsic inferiority of anyone who is not born white, straight and male. They lay bare a simple truth: patriarchal sexism, transphobia, and homophobia are as intensely threatening as, and in cahoots with, white supremacy.

This passport victory is the product of grassroots organizing that is by no means finished. Individuals must have the right to identify their gender and not have it determined by the government.

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