Gender Neutral Passports Available

Estephania Anaya-Lopez

As of April 11, U.S. citizens can choose a gender-neutral option for their passports.

On March 31, Transgender Day of Visibility, Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, announced, “Starting on April 11, U.S. citizens will be able to select an X as their gender marker….” The change was gradual, starting in June of 2021 when applicants were permitted to self-select their gender without submitting medical documents and continued in October when the first intersex passport was issued.

The October passport issuing followed a legal ordeal with Dana Zzyym, an intersex Coloradoan, who sued after having been denied a passport due to having written “intersex” rather than filling in either of the “M” or “F” boxes. Zzyym ultimately received their passport, saying, “I’m also ecstatic that other intersex and nonbinary U.S. citizens will soon be able to apply for passports with the correct gender marker.”

The U.S. joins numerous other countries–Canada, New Zealand, and Germany–in allowing citizens to choose an intermediate gender on their passports.