White House signals openness to adding third gender to official documents

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 9th, 2021 2:14 pm

Last Updated Mar 11th, 2021 at 2:47 pm

Officials in the White House have signaled that they would be open to adding a third gender option to official federal identification documents.

White House Gender Policy Council Executive Director Jennifer Klein said during a Monday press conference that she was unsure if such a move would require an executive order.

"I mean, I would note that we are very inclusive in our definition of ‘gender' and we intend to address all sorts of discrimination and fight for equal rights for people, whether that's LGBTQ+ people, women, girls, uh, men," Klein said when asked about the possibility of expanding gender options on identification. "So that's certainly something we will look at. But I honestly don't know whether that requires an executive order."

🔦 Several states and Washington, D.C., allow people to choose "X" as their sex designation for certain identifying documents, such as a driver's license.


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