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Pakistan has issued its first passport with an X gender marker. Washington, DC has followed Oregon in allowing an X gender marker on IDs and reportedly, both California and New York state are in the process of allowing it.

I'm fairly sure I'd heard of at least one other country allowing an X marker on passports.

DC should be interesting, as if there's any sort of legal challenges it goes straight from the local court system to the US Supreme Cort (that's how a couple of 2nd Amendment issues that the FEDS had been studiously avoiding for three quarters of a century wound up before the Supreme Court).

And with California and New York, that's a big chunk of population and *votes* that will be behind this.

There's also a case in Colorado involving an intersex person who is trying to get a US passport that doesn't have an M or F on it.

The State Department's replies to letters from doctors certifying that the plaintiff is intersexed are ludicruous. They are saying:
“The Department is unaware of generally accepted medical standards for diagnosing and evaluating a transition to any sex other than male or female,” reads a US State Department refusal letter dated 1 May 2017. “Thus, the Department does not accept a medical certification that specifies transition to a sex other than male or female as evidence for the issuance of a passport.”

Yep, they think the person is *transitioning" to a non-binary gender. Sorry guys, this person was *born* non-binary.

Date: 2017-07-08 04:06 am (UTC)
conuly: (Default)
From: [personal profile] conuly
Oh, dear.

Date: 2017-07-08 02:18 pm (UTC)
stickmaker: (Marian Holst Adamant)
From: [personal profile] stickmaker
So how do they treat an XY with androgen insensitivity? Without a thorough exam they appear completely female, but a DNA test shows male.

Or some of the unusual but still real genetic variants, such as XYY or XYXY?

(Sorry; rhetorical questions.)

It's bureaucratic ignorance such as this which has led to several women being told they weren't the legal mother of children they gave birth to!
Edited Date: 2017-07-08 02:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-08 05:09 pm (UTC)
stickmaker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stickmaker


That's what destroyed _Columbia_ and her crew. The engineers told the managers there was strong potential for heat shield damage and they could lose the orbiter. The managers looked at their spreadsheets, saw "tile damage" listed as a turnaround time problem and not a safety one and ignored the engineers.

One of my stories involves a young man who has never felt comfortable with his body. He discovers that he's a chimera - nonidentical twins who fused in the womb - and actually mostly female. The title is "Unwanted Child" and it will hopefully be coming out through Doppler Press. Eventually.
Edited Date: 2017-07-08 06:07 pm (UTC)

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