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The U.S. State Department announced that it has issued the first passport with an "X" gender marker, a non-specific designation that will eventually be available as an option to others.
"The Department has issued the first U.S. passport with an X gender marker. We look forward to offering this option to all routine passport applicants once we complete the required system and form updates in early 2022," department spokesperson Ned Price said in a news statement.
"Great news for Americans still stuck in Afghanistan," Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas sarcastically tweeted regarding the news.
US issues first passport with \u2018X\u2019 gender marker.\n\nGreat news for Americans still stuck in Afghanistan.https://apnews.com/article/us-passports-x-gender-designation-2c29e18fc6566d549b9a06fda0857602\u00a0\u2026— Dan Crenshaw (@Dan Crenshaw) 1635344751
Earlier this year, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the department intends to roll out the option of a non-specific gender marker for nonbinary, intersex, and gender non-conforming people, but noted that it would take time to make this option available.
"Most immediately, we will be updating our procedures to allow applicants to self-select their gender as 'M' or 'F' and will no longer require medical certification if an applicant's self-selected gender does not match the gender on their other citizenship or identity documents," Blinken noted in that June 30 statement.
The Biden administration has been a strong proponent of radical gender ideology.
"When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect," said Jessica Stern, U.S. special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, according to the Associated Press.
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services news release last week described HHS Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine as the "first-ever female four-star admiral" in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publicly announced today the nation's first openly transgender four-star officer across any of the eight uniformed services of the United States," the release declared. "Admiral Rachel Levine, who serves as the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health and head of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, was ceremonially sworn in as a four-star admiral. Admiral Levine now serves as the highest ranking official in the USPHS Commissioned Corps and its first-ever female four-star admiral."
Levine, a transgender woman, is a biological male who identifies as a female.
Commenting on the news that the State Department issued the first passport with a gender "X" marker, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, "I see that our super serious State Department is really addressing the most pressing and important issues of our time."
I see that our super serious State Department is really addressing the most pressing and important issues of our time. \n\nhttps://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/1453344704444182530\u00a0\u2026— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1635341301
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Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.