The United States issued the first passport with a third gender

The U.S. State Department issued the first passport with the third gender marker. This was said in a statement by the department’s spokesman, Ned Price, published on October 27.

The statement notes that it is not currently possible to issue passports to everyone who wants one. However, the department intends to remedy this by early 2022, once the necessary system is developed. The department is actively working with U.S. government agencies to ensure gender-neutral passport holders are comfortable moving around the country, Price stressed. The representative of the Department of State did not specify who exactly became the owner of the new document. However, The Guardian suggests that the passport may have been issued to Colorado resident Dan Zim, who has been suing for the right to be called a hermaphrodite since 2015. According to Jessica Stern, the U.S. special diplomatic envoy for LGBT rights, the issuance of a gender-neutral passport is a historic step.

“When a person receives identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with more dignity and respect,” she said.