I couldn’t be happier about this victorious ruling, or prouder to call Dana Zzyym, the plaintiff in the case, my friend! In case you missed news of Dana’s historic lawsuit, here’s this beautiful 1 minute video by Lambda Legal, Dana’s brilliant representatives in the case.
You can read all about the details and court ruling here, but in short, today, the judge in Dana’s historic lawsuit against the State Department ruled that the US federal government must recognize #intersex and #non-binary citizens, just as they do males and females, on our federal passports! Congratulations and thank you Dana!!!! This is the best news I’ve had in awhile. To be totally honest, it’s a dream come true. 🙂
Twenty years ago I came out as intersex in order to end invisibility because it was obvious that it facilitated the horrific human rights abuses that I’d learned intersex people all over the world are facing, such as Intersex Genital Mutilation (nonconsensual “normalizing” genital surgeries). I knew we needed to be recognized as a class of people in order to be protected from discrimination but I also knew that I didn’t have documentation to facilitate applying for non binary gender recognition since, like most people–including intersex people, who are squeezed into the sex binary–my birth certificate read male or female (female any case). When I met my friend Dana however, I learned that they did have good documentation to verify that they’re intersex, and better yet, that they wanted to use it to force the government to admit that we exist! 🙂
Government and social institutions have been trying to force intersex people to live in the shadows for centuries, but now there is at least one more institution, and an important one at that, that has been called out for it, and told they no longer can. Big thanks to Judge R. Brooke Jackson, for justly, soundly stating that he found “no evidence that the Department followed a rational decision-making process in deciding to implement its binary-only gender passport policy,” and ordering the U.S. Passport Agency to reconsider its earlier decision to deny Dana a passport because she wouldn’t lie and say she is male or female, and hurray for non-binary equality! 🙂 🙂 🙂
#IntersexEquality #BornBoth #Nonbinary #GenderRecognition #LGBTQI