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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