Joe Biden’s United States is considering the possibility of issuing identity documents marked “X” for transgender people who define themselves as non-binary and intersex.
Joe Biden is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. After allowing transgender-born male athletes to compete in women’s competitions, her administration is now considering adding the gender marker “X” to all federal documents, including passports and social security cards, according to the United States Union for Civil Liberties (ACLU), reports USA Today February 22, 2021.
After years of lobbying and legal proceedings, non-binary and intersex people will thus be able to obtain official documents that reflect their identity as they see it.
However, the White House has not presented a timetable for the deployment of this measure or commented on how this policy could be implemented. Matt Hill, a White House spokesman, however, said President Joe Biden remains committed to issuing non-binary identifiers, as per his campaign pledge. “President Biden remains committed to advancing state and federal government efforts that allow transgender and non-binary Americans to update their identification documents to accurately reflect their gender identity, especially as transgender people and non-binary people continue to be harassed or denied access to services because their identification documents do not affirm their identity, ”Matt Hill said in a statement to The 19th.
According to USA Today, transgender advocates hope that in the long run, sex can be removed from identity documents unless it is essential, such as with passports where international law requires gender markers. The ACLU is also pushing the administration to adopt a policy that allows for self-attestation of sex, allowing trans, non-binary, and intersex people to update their federal gender markers without submitting medical documentation of a change in gender. kind.