(CNN) – Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Wednesday announced a new National Identity Document (DNI) for non-binary people.
The objective of the DNI is to guarantee the right to gender identity for people who do not recognize themselves as either a woman or a man, he said.
“There are identities other than man and woman that must be respected,” Fernandez said at a press conference at the Casa Rosada museum in Buenos Aires.
The new document establishes the terminology “x” in the area of gender in the DNI and amended passports.
People pose in an “X” shape at Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 21 in this handout photo.
Maria Eugenia Cerutti / Document from the Argentine Presidency / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock
Fernandez said there are a thousand ways to love, to be loved, and to be happy.
“What does the state care about knowing the sexual orientation of its citizens? he asked, although gender identity and sexual orientation are two different things.
Women, Gender and Diversity Minister Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, Interior Minister Eduardo De Pedro and Fernandez handed over the first three non-binary documents at the event.
Gómez Alcorta said that the implementation of the non-binary DNI is “an action focused on building a more egalitarian but also more inclusive society”.
According to a statement released by the office of the Argentine presidential palace, Argentina is the first Latin American country to allow a different option in the “gender” area of the DNI.
The new measure is in line with changes to identity documents in other countries, the statement said, such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Argentine citizens can change their identification documents at the headquarters of the National Register of Persons or at any civil status office. They must bring their birth certificate and their current DNI.
Foreigners residing in Argentina can change their identity card at the National Migration Office.