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Argentina allows gender X on ID cards and passports

Argentina has become the first country in South America to allow citizens to identify as nonbinary in national ID documents, including passports.


Starting this week, Argentinians who don’t want to identify as male or female can choose to identify as nonbinary, unspecified and undefined, among other options, which will be indicated under the “X” gender marker. 

Argentina’s Center-Left President Alberto Fernandez, together with the Minister of the Interior Eduardo de Pedro, and the Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez, delivered the first three ID cards with the “X” marker during a ceremony last week after a notice about the decision was published in the official gazette, DW reported.

“There are other identities than men and women and they must be respected,” he said, adding that there are “a thousand ways to love, to be loved and to be happy.”

Last year, the country’s Congress legalised abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy despite opposition by the influential Catholic Church and evangelicals, The Christian Post reported at the time.


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