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LB (and here) trans USian folks go get your passports updated, you no longer need a doctor's note or court order to change your gender marker

travel.state.gov/content/trave

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p.s. the US has added an X gender marker. personally it strikes me as kind of sketchy in that it will be recorded permanently by the government and a future gov't (or anywhere you travel) will know you're queer and could target you at any point in the future

i think it's wonderful that they've done this but my eastern european jewish ass just doesn't trust it lol

@tindall Yeah every time I see one of these markers like a passport listing gender, or census records listing race, and folks are cheering representation... I'm just thinking databases. Databases that exist for anyone, ever, in any future administration, of any nation or organization, to exploit.

@feonixrift @tindall Saaame. Oh here's this trait that many people think should be illegal or punished? Let's make it legible to a state apparatus that is often under direct control of those people.

@feonixrift @tindall The flip side of course is that these things require representation in order to become socially normalized. So it's a mix of good and bad given the polarized socio-political climate in the US.

@vortex_egg @feonixrift @tindall I mean, there's an argument that gender isn't helpful information on a passport (it does not necessarily correlate to anything wrt confirming that the carrier of the passport is indeed the person they are claiming to be, it doesn't convey country of origin info, it has a very poor correlation to general appearance and there's a photo right there anyway...) compared to say, DOB or photo or the other information.

@vortex_egg @feonixrift @tindall and since they can only use the data they bother to record, if they stop recording gender...

@tindall Forever torn between "People should be able to put whatever gender marker they want on their ID" and "Good GOD why would you want a cop to know you're trans?"

@witchfynder_finder @tindall I get the iffiness. Personally I think it is worth the risk (I have an X on my driver's license) as I am sometimes inconsistently gendered and there's no guarantee everyone in the process will agree on what gender I am; and also I think them knowing beforehand is less risky than them finding out after they have already gendered me one way or the other.

@tindall "Let's have them label /themselves/ for us and we don't even have to do anything!"

@tindall Ohio resudents can update their birth certificate marker now too fwiw

@tindall I would but I already spent over 200 changing my name and gender marker on everything and really don't wanna go through that entire process again. isn't changing your passport like 100$ + a bunch of effort still?

@clarfonthey yep you still have to reapply. it really just means you don't have to get a doctor to sign a letter and, if you haven't had GRS, bend the truth slightly for you

@clarfonthey i also did all this stuff earlier but for people who haven't been able to yet it's a lot easier now

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