US Plans Third Gender Option On Passports
Secretary of State Antony Blinken however warned that adding an option different to male and female would take time.
He also announced a rule change allowing people to self-select male or female on their passport.
Before, people needed medical certification to mark their gender as different from the one on their birth certificate.
He said the department will work with other agencies “to ensure as smooth a travel experience as possible for the passport holder”, and said people could follow the progress of the changes on a dedicated state department web page.
There are already several countries worldwide that have options other than male and female on official documents.
India, Pakistan and Nepal already have a non-binary option on their passports, while the Netherlands issued its first gender-neutral passport in 2018.
UK campaigner Christie Elan-Cane however lost a legal challenge against the government over gender-neutral passports in 2020.
The UK Supreme Court is now set to hear the case starting on 12 July.