The option will be generally available in early 2022 for both travel documents and birth certificates of Americans abroad.
The United States announced Wednesday the issuance of the first passport with an "X" in the gender category, a historic step for people struggling against male or female binary qualification.
"I want to reiterate, on the occasion of this passport issuance, the State Department's commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people, including LGBTQI + people," said State Department spokesman Ned Price, in a statement, did not reveal the identity of the person with the new document.
The State Department announced that this option will be generally available in early 2022 for both passports and birth certificates of Americans abroad.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken had promised to address this issue in June, once some technological hurdles were resolved. Also, under Blinken, the State Department allowed US passport holders to select their sex.
Until this reform, Americans needed a medical certificate to mark a different gender on their passports than what appeared on their birth certificates or other documents. The State Department announced on Intersex Awareness Day week.
Jessica Stern, the US special envoy for LGBTQ rights, described the measures as historic, confirming that they bring official documents to "living reality" that a wide range of sexual characteristics Is.
Human than that reflected in the two previous designations.
"When a person receives identity documents that reflect his or her true identity, he or she lives with greater dignity and respect," Stern said.
The State Department did not announce who the passport was issued. Officials declined to claim for Dana Zzyym, an intersex Colorado resident who has been in a legal battle with the department since 2015, criticizing that the portfolio does not typically discuss individual passport applications due to privacy concerns.
Zzyym (pronounced Zim) was denied a passport because he did not mark a man or woman on the application.
According to court documents, Zzyym wrote "intersex" above the boxes marked "M" and "F" and requested instead of a gender marker "X" in a separate letter.
Zzyym was born with ambiguous physical, sexual characteristics but was raised as a boy and underwent several surgeries that failed to make him appear entirely male, according to court documents.
Zzyym served as a man in the Navy but was later identified as an intersex while working and studying at Colorado State University.
However, the department's denial of Zzyym's passport prevented him from traveling to the International Intersex Organization meeting in Mexico.
The United States now also allows applicants to choose their gender as male or female, no longer requiring a medical certificate if their gender does not match their other identification documents.
According to the Employers for Equality and Inclusion Network, at least 11 other countries already have "X" or "other" options on their passports.
These countries include Canada, Germany, Argentina, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, which is a legacy of the historical South Asian concept of "Hijra", meaning the third sex.