Argentina rolls out ID cards for non-binary people

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07/22/2021

In a first for South America, people who do not identify as male or female can tick a third box in their ID cards. People who neither identify as male nor female in Argentina will be able to use “X” the gender field in their national ID document and passports starting July 21. Argentina is the first country in South America to officially recognize non-binary citizens. The county’s center-left government said it was joining countries such as New Zealand, Canada and Australia with its decision. According to a notice published in the official gazette, applications for national ID documents will cover a variety of gender options, including nonbinary, unspecified and undefined. Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez delivered the first three ID cards with the “X” format during an official ceremony. “The state should not care about the gender of its citizens,” Fernandez said. “There are other identities than men and women and they must be respected,” he added. Fernandez, who publicly champions his well-known drag queen son, has been an advocate of gender and sexual equality.

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