Judge again rules against State Department in intersex passport applicant case

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A federal judge on Feb. 21 denied the State Department’s request to stay his ruling in favor of an intersex person who was denied a passport because they do not identify as male or female.

The State Department had requested Judge R. Brooke Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado in Denver to stay his Sept. 19, 2018, ruling against the use of a “binary-only gender marker policy” to deny Dana Zzyym’s request for a passport that listed their sex as “X.” Jackson in an 8-page ruling denied the stay.

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Gillibrand declares support for third-gender option on federal IDs

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a 2020 Democratic hopeful, has come out in favor of a non-binary gender marker on federal identification documents, according to CBS News.

The New York Democrat’s support for the third-gender option — a practice adopted in at least two states — Oregon and New Jersey — for birth certificates and driver’s licenses — makes her the first 2020 candidate to take that position.

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State Department: Transgender passport holder policy remains unchanged

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The State Department on Thursday said its policy towards transgender passport holders has not changed after changes to its website sparked concern.

The National Center for Transgender Equality on Wednesday said, “language concerning the process for changing gender markers on U.S. passports was altered or removed from the State Department’s website earlier this week.” The email the National Center for Transgender Equality sent to its supporters noted “the longstanding page regarding ‘Gender Designation’ policies — in place since 2010 — has been removed, and a new but similar page concerning what they now call ‘Sex Designation’ has been put in its place with significant changes.”

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NCTE: State Dept. transgender passport holder policy has not changed

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The National Center for Transgender Equality has pushed back on reports that suggest the State Department is retroactively revoking trans women’s passports.
“them.”, an LGBT-themed website that Condé Nast owns, on Friday reported two trans women in recent weeks were unable to renew their passports because of their gender identity.

Danni Askini, executive director of Gender Justice League, a Seattle-based advocacy group, told “them.” her request to renew her passport was denied last month because she “failed to disclose” she is trans. Askini said the U.S. Passport Office also told her she needed to prove she had transitioned, even though she had had a passport with a female gender marker for 20 years.

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Non-binary person pushes for new gender option on passports

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Denver (AP) – A Navy veteran from Colorado who does not identify as male or female is pushing the U.S. government to allow for a third gender option or get rid of gender designators altogether on passports, highlighting the argument that forms on the state and federal level have been slow to include other identities even as gender becomes less defined.

A federal judge considering a legal challenge brought by Dana Zzyym (pronounced Zimm) urged the State Department on July 20 to settle the case in a way that allows Zzyym to get a passport without having to lie about being a man or a woman. Zzyym, who was born with ambiguous sexual characteristics, was raised as a boy and later identified as intersex.

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Lawsuit asks for option besides male, female on US passports

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DENVER (AP) — A Colorado resident denied a passport for refusing to identify as either male or female on the application form has sued the federal government to try to force the United States to join a handful of other countries that allow people to get travel documents without picking a gender.

Lambda Legal announced the lawsuit Oct. 26 on behalf of Dana Zzyym (pronounced Zimm) of Fort Collins, Colorado, who was born with ambiguous sex characteristics – referred to as intersex. It names Secretary of State John Kerry as a defendant and claims that requiring people to check a box marked either “M” or “F” is discriminatory and asks people like Zzyym to lie.

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