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Biden administration suggests it will add 'X' gender markers to federal documents

After years of lobbying and lawsuits, nonbinary and intersex people may finally be getting passports that reflect who they are: LGBTQ advocates have been in talks with the Biden administration about executive action to add “X” gender markers to all federal documents, including passports and Social Security cards, according to the ACLU.

The White House declined to offer a timeline for the rollout or comment on how the policy might be implemented. But Matt Hill, a spokesperson at the White House, said President Joe Biden remains committed to issuing nonbinary IDs, a promise he made during his campaign.

“President Biden remains committed to advancing state and federal efforts that allow transgender and non-binary Americans to update their identification documents to accurately reflect their gender identity, especially as transgender and non-binary people continue to face harassment or are denied access to services because their identifications documents don’t affirm their identity,” Hill said in a statement to The 19th.

Arli Christian, campaign strategist at the ACLU and one of the nation’s leading policy experts on transgender ID issues, wants the administration to issue X gender markers across all federal documents within Biden’s first 100 days in office. But advocates hope that in the long run, gender can be stricken from IDs unless it’s necessary, such as passports where international law requires gender markers.

“It cuts across so many areas of discrimination against trans people, whether we’re talking about being respected in school, safety, employment, housing,” Christian said.

The ACLU is also pushing the administration to adopt a policy that allows for self-attestation of gender, allowing trans, nonbinary and intersex people to update their federal gender markers without submitting medical documentation of a gender change. Currently, 20 states and Washington, D.C., have such policies. The White House did not comment on whether they would adopt a similar policy, and Biden’s LGBTQ campaign platform did not get into details about the plan.

Data suggest that hundreds of thousands of transgender people lack an ID that reflects who they are. The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that 46% of trans people don’t have identification that lists their correct name and gender. Last February, the UCLA School of Law estimated that 42% of eligible trans voters — 378,450 people — might be barred from voting in the general election due to voter ID laws in 35 states.

Intersex people have similarly struggled to obtain accurate documentation under the Trump administration, which refused to issue federal documents with X gender markers.

The State Department was repeatedly ordered to print an accurate passport for intersex Navy veteran Dana Zzyym. Zzyym has been deadlocked in a five-year court battle with the federal government, which has not issued them a passport with an X gender marker despite a court order.

“Five years is far too long to keep any person from access to an accurate U.S. passport,” said Lambda Legal attorney Paul Castillo, who is representing Zzyym, in an email. “We call on the State Department to promptly reconsider their decision and update their gender marker policy so it truly reflects the fabric of America.”

X gender markers are offered in 19 states and Washington, D.C. The federal adoption of the markers and promoting them in the remaining states has been a priority for Biden since before taking office.

“Transgender and non-binary people without identification documents that accurately reflect their gender identity are often exposed to harassment and violence and denied employment, housing, critical public benefits, and even the right to vote,” his campaign website said.

Biden vowed to address the issue and build on the legacy of the Obama administration, which began allowing transgender people to update their passports after transitioning.

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by Anonymousreply 21Last Tuesday at 11:02 AM

Biden has already made good on several campaign promises made to the LGBTQ community: rolling back the transgender military ban, signing an executive order to enforce the Supreme Court’s landmark LGBTQ employment ruling, and nominating Pete Buttigieg and Dr. Rachel Levine. Buttigieg became the first out gay Cabinet member to go before the Senate to be confirmed for presidential appointment; Levine, who has not yet been confirmed, would become the first trans official to do so.

LGBTQ advocates, however, are not letting up pressure on the president. The ACLU has launched a petition pressing him to act swiftly on adding X gender markers to all federal forms.

“Access to an ID that reflects who you are is paramount to the rights of trans people, and so passing this kind of executive order early in the administration says from the federal government, ‘We see you, we respect you for exactly who you are,’ ” Christian said.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Tuesday at 12:25 AM

Wow, Joe really is going full steam ahead with his initiatives.

It's like he feels pressed for time, or something.

Whatever the case, he's definitely getting things DONE!

by Anonymousreply 2Last Tuesday at 12:26 AM

Biden, making America woefully stupid.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Tuesday at 12:27 AM

And, of course, it's Dana... The non-lesbian that still manages to be the ne plus ultra of cane face.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Tuesday at 1:46 AM

2030 USA census on gender: M-37% F-38% X-25%

by Anonymousreply 5Last Tuesday at 1:46 AM

"... intersex Navy veteran Dana Zzyym"

Sorry but I can't take someone with a name "Zzyym" seriously.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Tuesday at 1:56 AM

I'm a male.

I've always been a male.

But I would love to put XXX on my passport, just for shits and giggles.

Also, "Service Dog Required."

Oh, and "You are not allowed to speak to this person. Words are triggering!"

by Anonymousreply 7Last Tuesday at 6:12 AM

What if I grab for a pussy and it's just hairy balls?

by Anonymousreply 8Last Tuesday at 8:53 AM

r4 I enjoy seeing 'ne plus ultra' and 'cane face' in the same sentence.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Tuesday at 9:02 AM

R3, Republicans like you are the stupid ones. You obsess over culture war shit like this that does not affect your life. Remember when you freaked out over gays in the military and gay marriage?

by Anonymousreply 10Last Tuesday at 9:04 AM

I'm glad Biden has his priorities straight.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Tuesday at 10:07 AM

R11 It's not like kids are still caged at the border. Oh wait...

by Anonymousreply 12Last Tuesday at 10:16 AM

So another legal change that can i,oact real women and another behind closed doors maneuvering by those who have been caltured by the trans ideology.

This is not democracy. Shit it isn't even smart or informed. It's just ideology without a compass.

This entire topic in all its aspects needs, nay demands, a national debate which inlcudes those who will be affected negatively: WOMEN.

Collecting statistics based on sex is vital for all kinds of purposes. The biggest factors in many areas are age and sex and these easily influenced morons are going to adversely affect many areas of life and government.

Biden's gonna be on my shit list and rightfully so.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Tuesday at 10:25 AM

X marks the spot!

The treasure is hidden at X!

That which cannot be spoken is at X.

X Men.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Tuesday at 10:25 AM

[quote] easily influenced

Our New President.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Tuesday at 10:27 AM

Illiterates make an X because they can't spell their name

X is the symbol of disapprobation

X is a negation

X is the unknown

by Anonymousreply 16Last Tuesday at 10:46 AM

They can do whatever they want, but our platform is just to do the opposite no matter what!

by Anonymousreply 17Last Tuesday at 10:52 AM

Let's just not care about midterms them.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Tuesday at 10:56 AM

From discussions around this in the UK, the main benefit of not being M or F but X or NB is that if you ever go into hospital you have to be put into your own private room.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Tuesday at 10:57 AM


by Anonymousreply 20Last Tuesday at 10:57 AM

The Biden era.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Tuesday at 11:02 AM
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