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New Mexican passports reflect the gender spectrum

Words by Tess Becker

Society is becoming increasingly acquainted with different gender identities. As younger generations learn to express their queerness societal changes are filtering into the status quo. Most recently, Mexico has made it possible to change your gender identity on your passport and has added a non-binary option in a win for gender diversity. 

On International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia Mexican activist Ociel Baena received their passport during a ceremony held by government officials, including transgender federal lawmaker Salma Luévano. This made them the first person to receive a non-binary passport in Mexico.

“We endorse our support for sexual diversity,” foreign minister Marcelo Ebrared wrote in a statement. “All rights must be guaranteed for all identities. No more hate speech – diversity enriches and flourishes.”

Under the new policy, non-binary and gender non-conforming Mexican citizens can choose to replace a gender category with an ‘X’ rather than simply choosing male or female.

The foreign minister also clarified that applicants can now “omit the need to specify gender” when applying for new passports.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Imagination Library. If you want to help Dolly’s organization get more books to kids consider donating

The Trevor Project. They focus on suicide prevention and mental health support for queer youth. Support them here

Kids In Distress. This organization helps support at risk kids and families around the US.. Find out more

This article aligns with the UN SDG Gender Equality.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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