The U.S. State Department has issued the country's first passport with an "X" gender marker, in a move to implement gender-inclusive policies.
An intersex and non-binary Colorado resident, Dana Zzyym, was issued with the first American passport of its kind.
"It's legal recognition for me and my community. Legal recognition means we have status as a human being instead of an "issue".
In a statement Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the move is in line with the Department's announcement in June that it's seeking to add an "X" gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons to select their gender marker for their passports.
He also underscored the department's commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality for everyone.
While the State Department did not say who the first "X" gender passport was issued to, civil organization Lambda Legal confirmed its client Zzyym was the recipient.
The option will be made available to routine passport applicants after the department completes its system and form updates early next year.
With this, the U.S. joins countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand in introducing gender-inclusive passport policies.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.