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Americans Will Self-Select Gender on Passport Requests in Shift

  • Biden team seeks to expand gender options on key documents
  • U.S. consulted with ‘like-minded governments’ on changes
Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The U.S. will no longer require Americans applying for passports or consular reports of birth abroad to undergo a medical certification if their self-selected gender doesn’t match the gender listed on other citizenship or identity documents, the State Department announced.

The nod toward LGBTQ communities comes as the Biden administration seeks to clear bureaucratic hurdles to expanding gender options on key personal documents and after consultations with “like-minded governments,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Wednesday. More changes are coming soon, he added.