Dana Zzyym received a text message on her phone on Wednesday notifying them of the delivery by the US Department of State. They were excited to see that the new passport had an “X” under the Gender column.
I just stepped forward after years of fighting for proper representation.
Who is Dana Zzyym?
Dana Zzyym, who uses the pronouns they/they, was born in 1958, is a former Navy veteran who now works as an intersex activist. They grew up in an army household, where homophobia was quite prevalent. So how did Zzyym end up being part of the queer community?
Dana Zzyym’s parents hid the fact that they were intersex from them and approved of her surgeries. However, Zzyym served in the navy as a man and learned the truth while studying at university of colorado.
Dana Zzyym filed this case years ago, but the state department continually refused to acknowledge them. The new passport proved that the years of struggle were worth it. Zzyym couldn’t be happier as she said, “I felt really good because that’s who I am. This is my truth.” Her goal was to help the next generation of intersex people, so they don’t go through the same struggle.
The US department spokesperson stated: “The State Department is continuing the process of updating its policies. To better serve all American citizens, regardless of gender identity.”
Paul Castillo, Zzyym’s attorney, commenting on the incident, said: “After a six-year legal battle with three favorable court rulings, Dana finally received a correct US passport. They displayed incredible courage and perseverance throughout the case.” He also said that this is a significant day for them.
Why the Gender X passport?
Some people are not born with the proper male or female genitalia and identify as intersex. While others do not identify with men or women and do not like to put on a label. The gender X passport will represent intersex or non-binary people.
As stated in the Washington guidelines, X represents “a gender that is not exclusively male or female, including but not limited to intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, gender Queer, Male to Female, Neutrois, Nonbinary, Pangender, Third Sex, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirit, and Unspecified.”
The United States is not the first country to give recognition to the people of this community. Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Canada already provide this opportunity to their citizens.
This option will be available to the common public in 2022.