A transgender person named Dana Zzyym sued the Trump administration over their passport policy on gender, and the decision was handed down in their favor Wednesday.
“I am not male or female.”
Zzyym sued because passport applications only have two gender designations, either male or female, and their orientation didn’t fit into either.
Zzyym, who is a Navy veteran, identifies as “intersex,” and claims, “I am not male or female.”
A judge agreed on Wednesday, and ruled against the Trump administration for denying to issue Zzyym a passport. The lawsuit said that the application for a passport was forcing Zzyym to lie, under penalty of perjury, in order to obtain a government document available to everyone else.
“It is well past time for Dana Zzyym and other non-binary citizens of this country to be recognized and respected for who they are, to live openly and authentically,” said Lambda Legal attorney Paul Castillo, “and to be able simply to travel freely about the world.”
Lambda Legal, the oldest national organization litigating for LGBTQ causes, praised the decision from their social media account.
“BREAKING: Victory! Federal court rules @TheStateDept cannot rely on its binary-only gender policy to deny our #intersex client Dana Zzyym a passport,” the tweet read.
BREAKING: Victory! Federal court rules @TheStateDept cannot rely on its binary-only gender policy to deny our #intersex client Dana Zzyym a passport, finding the Dept’s reasons were “not the product of rational decisionmaking”
Read full order: https://t.co/TtliQo7Zwl #nonbinary pic.twitter.com/C4a2xLyXXi
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) September 19, 2018
Zzyym first sued the Obama administration when they denied the passport application for the same reasons.
Here’s a report about Zzyym’s first victory in court: