Surgery no longer a requirement for changing gender on passport

Just wanted to share the great news!  Let’s hear it for the State Dept. and WPATH!  Now transgender people won’t be restricted in their travel, like every other law-abiding, tax-paying citizen!!

Surgery no longer a requirement for changing gender on passport
Washington (CNN) — The U.S. State Department announced Wednesday a new policy that no longer requires passport applicants seeking a gender change to have undergone sexual reassignment surgery.

The policy, which goes into effect Thursday, allows a gender change with a certification from an attending physician.

The doctor’s certification must confirm only that the passport applicant has undergone treatment for gender transition. Limited-validity passports for applicants who are in the process of gender transition also will be available under the policy.

Previously, individuals had to provide documentation from a surgeon that sex reassignment surgery had been performed on them, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The announcement was made to coincide with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month, the State Department said

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6 Responses to Surgery no longer a requirement for changing gender on passport

  1. ulla says:

    South africa has had that facility for a while now so no problem visiting here 🙂 – congrats on catching up, I’m hoping you guys get the gay etc marriage thing sorted too

  2. Alex says:

    I would imagine this applies to NEW passports too?

    • Should be. Here’s the policy release from State:

      New Policy on Gender Change in Passports Announced
      Office of the Spokesman
      Washington, DC
      June 9, 2010
      The U.S. Department of State is pleased to use the occasion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month to announce its new policy guidelines regarding gender change in passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.

      Beginning June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender. The guidelines include detailed information about what information the certification must include. It is also possible to obtain a limited-validity passport if the physician’s statement shows the applicant is in the process of gender transition. No additional medical records are required. Sexual reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad can also be amended with the new gender.

      As with all passport applicants, passport issuing officers at embassies and consulates abroad and domestic passport agencies and centers will only ask appropriate questions to obtain information necessary to determine citizenship and identity.

      The new policy and procedures are based on standards and recommendations of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), recognized by the American Medical Association as the authority in this field.

  3. Cameron says:

    this is indeed a very big deal.

    Now I just wish they’d do something about the airport body scanners. Because even though the person who sees the scanned image is in some booth somewhere, the person with the radio standing in front of you after you’ve gone through checks with the person in the booth by saying into their walkie talkie “male, copy?” or “female, copy?” based on how he/she reads you. And then the person in the booth has to reply, based on what they see on their screen (which may or may not correspond to what they think of as “male” or “female,” of course) that you’re okay to go– or not.

    K’s comment to me when I told her about this last week was, “that gender stuff is not in the protocol! That’s not how they do it in Europe!” But that’s how they do it in Boston.

    This is what I would call the invasion of the body scanners.

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