In addition to a third gender option being provided on U.S passports, there will no longer be a need for medical certification if a person wishes to change the listed gender on their passports - something which comes as a huge step forward for the LGBTQ community.
The Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained: "With this action, I express our enduring commitment to the LGBTQ+ community today and moving forward."
The announcement comes after a series of LGBTQ+ legislation was approved by the Biden administration throughout Pride Month.
The U.S is following countries such as Canada, Germany, Denmark, and India by offering a gender-neutral option in its passports. States and certain cities within the U.S already allow American citizens to opt for a third gender on identification cards - including the progressive New York City.
"The Department of State is committed to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people — including LGBTQ+ persons. Most immediately, we will be updating our procedures to allow applicants to self-select their gender as 'M' or 'F' and will no longer require medical certification if an applicant's self-selected gender does not match the gender on their other citizenship or identity documents."
He also added that the Government has 'begun moving towards adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a passport or CRBA' (Consular Reports of Birth ABroad).
It didn't take long for people to start expressing their feelings on the matter online:
"Love this! A great ending to pride month," one person wrote. "This one I can support. it doesn't affect anyone. your passport your life your rules," another person said.
While other people said: "Give it a rest people. Nobody flipping cares what you think you are", or "Oh America what have you done. You're ruining it for the rest of us."
So while some people were ecstatic about the newfound liberal freedom amid the change in legislation for passports, others were not so happy that the Biden Administration is now focusing on what some people perceive as a "menial" issue compared to making America a safer place to live.
What do you think of the new gender-neutral option on passports? Is it important to you?