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Denver - Challenge To Gender Selection On US Passports Heads To Court

Published on: July 20, 2016 07:27 PM
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Dana Zzyym, of Fort Collins, Colo., right, talks about the arguments in a hearing on Zzyym's lawsuit requiring people to pick a gender to get a passport outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse early Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Denver. Zzyym, who was born with ambiguous sex characteristics, claims that requiring people to designate their sex to get a passport is discriminatory. Zzyym's attorney, Paul D. Castillo, from the south-central regional office of Lambda Legal in Dallas, looks on. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Dana Zzyym, of Fort Collins, Colo., right, talks about the arguments in a hearing on Zzyym's lawsuit requiring people to pick a gender to get a passport outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse early Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Denver. Zzyym, who was born with ambiguous sex characteristics, claims that requiring people to designate their sex to get a passport is discriminatory. Zzyym's attorney, Paul D. Castillo, from the south-central regional office of Lambda Legal in Dallas, looks on. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver - A federal judge in Denver is considering whether the U.S. government should require people to pick a gender to get a passport.

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The issue emerged through a lawsuit filed by a Colorado resident who was denied a passport for refusing to check “male” or “female” on the application. A judge is set to hear arguments Wednesday.

Lambda Legal sued last year on behalf of Dana Zzyym of Fort Collins, who was born with ambiguous sex characteristics. The lawsuit claims that requiring people to check a box marked either “M’” or “F’’ is discriminatory and asks people like Zzyym to lie.

Countries including Australia, New Zealand and Nepal allow people to have their gender marked as “X’’ or “other” on passports.



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 Jul 20, 2016 at 09:06 PM bennyt Says:

Sodomite should also be one of the choices!

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 Jul 20, 2016 at 09:48 PM bennyt Says:

Mandatory gender selection is unfair to intersex individuals.

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 Jul 20, 2016 at 11:25 PM Anonymous Says:

What about those with XXY chromosomes?

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 Jul 21, 2016 at 12:42 PM Anonymous Says:

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bennyt Says:

Sodomite should also be one of the choices!

This person was born with ambiguities. Unlike many who opt for a neutral or fluid gender identify, this person can't help being this way. Don't compare them to a Sodomite.

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