Mexico has joined a growing list of nations that permit citizens to choose the marker “X” on the box designating sex or gender on their passports.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard delivered the first non-binary passport on Wednesday, May 17 to Jesús Baena Saucedo, a magistrate in the state of Aguascalientes.
During a ceremony to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, Ebrard called the adoption of the measure “a cultural change” and “quantum leap.”
More than 10 countries, including Canada, Germany, Australia and India offer a third gender on documents.
As of April 10, 2022, U.S. citizens applying for a passport have been able to select the gender “X” on their applications in addition to the previously available “F” and “M” options. Previously, U.S. citizens needed medical certification to mark their gender as different from the one on their birth certificate. The State Department was the first U.S. federal agency to offer the gender “X” marker on an identity document.