In today's news about our nation's failing grasp on reality:
For the first time ever, the federal government will allow nonbinary and intersex people to obtain IDs and passports with an "X" gender marker instead of an "M" or and "F." The interim policy also removes the requirement that transgender people provide proof of gender transition from a physician, allowing gender diverse Americans to self identify.
Yep, since 2010 Obama rule, transgender individuals have been able to choose the gender that was opposite their biological sex.
However, that bigot Obama forced trans people everywhere to get a doctor's note that said they had undergone gender transition.
Under the new rules, you can choose whatever gender you want when you get the urge to globetrot!
According to a source within the administration, nonbinary Americans are expected to be able to obtain the interim X gender markers by the end of the year. The new rule marks the most substantial change to federal documents for transgender people since 2010, when the Obama administration put in place a policy to allow trans Americans to update their passports.
Isn't this wonderful? Now that we've done away with those archaic definitions of "man" and "woman" that define the important binary of sexual differentiation found in humanity and most living things, we can identify as whatever we want on the documents that are literally used to prove that we are who we say we are!
Here's what the State Department now says on its website:
You can now select the gender you would like printed on your U.S. passport, even if the gender you select does not match the gender on your supporting documentation such as a birth certificate, previous passport, or state ID. We no longer require medical certification to change the gender marker on your U.S. passport.
The State Department also acknowledges that this new policy will be an IT challenge:
The process of adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons to these documents is complex and will take time for extensive updates to our information technology (IT) systems.
I can't foresee any problems arising from this new policy.
I think it will definitely make it easier for U.S. Customs and border agents to validate the identity of those traveling in and out of the nation!
Frankly, I think this policy doesn't go far enough.
After all, what if my gender fluctuates multiple times in a day? There needs to be an option for those who board a plane in Newark as a man and land in London as a woman. Anything else would be oppressive and intolerant to that person's #truth.