Americans will be allowed to choose gender upon receiving a passport

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

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

We will adjust our procedures to enable applicants to independently choose their gender,” m “or” f, “and will no longer require medical certificates if the sex chosen on our own is different from the sex indicated in other citizenship documents or personal identification, “Blinken said.

He acknowledged that the ability to indicate gender in documents as different from male or female is a technically challenging task and will require long-term adaptation of existing systems.

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