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Turning in the USA, the first passport with the “X” for the non-binary gender is issued

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While the Italian Senate was burying the Zan Bill, the bill that aimed at combating gender-based and homotransphobic violence, the United States issued the first passport with a gender indicator “X”: a turning point in the recognition of the rights of people who do not they recognize themselves in the binary category of male or female.

The State Department has not disclosed who the recipient of this document is, but in a note it assured that the new option will be available from the beginning of 2022 to “anyone who normally applies for a passport”.

The announcement came on the occasion of the Intersex Awareness Day and in June it had already been announced that we were moving towards this change, inserting the new indicator on passports and consular certificates of birth abroad (Crba), different from “M” for male and “F” for female.

“I want to reiterate, on the occasion of the issue of this passport, the commitment of the State Department to promote the freedom, dignity and equality of all people, including those of the LGBTQi community,” said spokesman Ned Price.

These decisions are in stark contrast to those of Mike Pompeo, secretary of state under Trump, who even banned the display of the rainbow flag in American embassies.

There are already at least eleven countries that have the “X” or “other” option for passports, according to the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion organization. These include Canada, Germany, Argentina, but also Asian states such as India, Nepal and Pakistan, a legacy of the South Asian historical concept of Hijra to indicate people who consider themselves to be transgender or transsexual. For the United States, this is a further step forward in gender inclusivity policies, after Joe Biden promised to make the rights of the LGBTQI community (5.6% of adult Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll) one of the priority of its administration.

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This is also demonstrated by the reopening of the army to transgender people who had been banned by Donald Trump and the approval in the Chamber of the Equality act, which prohibits discrimination against members of this community. A law that strengthens the Civil Rights Act of 1964, extending the protections of civil rights also against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This means that those who belong to the LGBTQI community will not be discriminated against in all areas of life, from work to home, from credit to public services.

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