Americans will be allowed to choose their gender when obtaining a passport

The US State Department will allow Americans to choose their own gender when applying for a passport and consular birth certificates and will no longer require medical certificates in case of discrepancies with previously issued documents, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Wednesday.

The initiative is dictated by concern for the rights of sexual minorities.

“We will adjust our procedures in order to allow applicants to choose their own gender, “m” or “w,” and we will no longer require medical certificates if the gender chosen independently differs from the gender indicated in other documents on citizenship or identity identification,” Blinken said.

He acknowledged that the ability to indicate in the documents a gender that differs from male or female is a technically difficult task and will require a long adaptation of existing systems.

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Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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