View Full Version : Intersex veteran sues over passport denial

07-23-2016, 12:14 PM
A Colorado Navy veteran who identifies as neither male nor female has taken the State Department to court for refusing to administer a gender-neutral passport.

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson heard arguments in the lawsuit this week, according to a clerk of the court. No ruling has been issued.

Dana Zzyym, 58, was born with ambiguous sex characteristics and identifies as intersex, according to Lambda Legal, which is handling the case. Zzyym uses the gender-neutral pronouns "they" and "them" and wants a passport that has an "X" for gender alongside "male" and "female."

The State Department, which oversees the passport program, sent a statement to CNN this week explaining that its policy, "like other federal, state and local government agencies, requires the use of binary (M or F) sex identifiers."
The current rules put Zzyym in a catch-22, said Paul Castillo, an attorney at Lambda Legal who is on Zzyym's legal team.

"They have to either lie on their passport application about their gender identity and violate the law or not apply for a passport at all," said Castillo, who added the policy is discriminatory.


Seriously? Discriminatory? Let them do a DNA test, and if that tests proves they are neither female or male they can have their gender neutral passport. And if it does not than their gender is as per the DNA test.

Barry Morris
07-24-2016, 10:39 AM
You're right, the DNA test should be applied.
There are laws that apply to all of us.