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October 29, 2021

US issues the first passport with a nonbinary gender option

The State Department issued the first official passport with the gender marker “X” to be more inclusive for people who identify as nonbinary, intersex, or otherwise gender non-conforming.

“I want to reiterate, on the occasion of this passport issuance, the Department of State’s commitment to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people – including LGBTQI+ persons,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

The Biden administration announced the change following a lawsuit from an intersex and nonbinary Colorado resident, Dana Zzyym, who argued it was impossible to get an accurate passport because of the limited gender options.

“It’s great news for all intersex and nonbinary people, because it basically says that we can get our passports,” Zzyym said. “We don’t have to lie to get our passports. We can just be ourselves.”

Lambda Legal, Zzyym’s legal representative, announced that Zzyym received the first passport with the new gender marker.

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The U.S. issues the first passport with a nonbinary gender ‘X’ option

October 12, 2021

Biden administration describes talks with Taliban as ‘candid and professional’

The Biden administration held its first face-to-face meeting with Taliban leaders since the US troop withdrawal in August, which an official described as “candid and professional.”

“The discussions were candid and professional with the US delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words,” said Ned Price, a State Department spokesperson.

Price did not indicate if the sides had reached any agreements.

A spokesperson for the Taliban said the country’s new leaders are committed to ensuring that terrorism does not take root in Afghanistan again.

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US describes talks with Taliban as ‘candid and professional’

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