U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a recent statement that people will be able to pick their gender on passports.
“Most immediately, we will be updating our procedures to allow applicants to self-select their gender as ‘M’ or ‘F’ and will no longer require medical certification if an applicant’s self-selected gender does not match the gender on their other citizenship or identity documents,” Mr. Blinken said in a statement on Wednesday, June 30, Washington Times reported.
He added that the State Department has also “begun moving towards adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a passport or [Consular Reports of Birth Abroad].”
“The Department of State is committed to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people—including LGBTQI+ persons,” Blinken said.
“Since assuming office, President Biden has taken several executive actions demonstrating this administration’s commitment to human rights and has directed agencies across the U.S. government to take concrete actions to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world,” the head of the state department continued.
“Today, I am pleased to announce that the Department will be taking further steps toward ensuring the fair treatment of LGBTQI+ U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender or sex,” he added.
Today we are taking important steps toward ensuring the fair treatment of LGBTQI+ U.S. citizens. https://t.co/tfNnTUQmsp— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 30, 2021
The idea was announced on the last day of Pride Month, which the Biden administration has honored. Blinken approved U.S. embassies to fly the “Progress Flag” earlier this month, and the president emphasized several LGBTQ-friendly initiatives.
Notably, Biden overturned former President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, which was enacted in 2018.