Argentina creates national identity documents for non-binary people

Pessoas posam formando um 'X' na Casa Rosada em Buenos Aires, Argentina
People pose as they make an ‘X’ at Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Photo: Maria Eugenia Cerutti/Argentina Presidency Handout/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

President of Argentinahandjob Alberto Fernandez, this Wednesday (21) announced a new National Identity Card (DNI) for non-binary people.

He said the purpose of the DNI is to guarantee the right to gender identity for those who do not identify themselves as either male or female.

“Identities other than men and women should be respected,” Fernandez said during a news conference at the Casa Rosada Museum in Buenos Aires.

The new document establishes the vocabulary “x” in the field of gender in the DNI and passport.

Fernandez said that there are a thousand ways to love, be loved and be happy.

“What does it mean for the state to know the sexual orientation of its citizens?” He asked, although gender identity and sexual orientation are two different things.

The Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo de Pedro and Fernández, delivered the first three non-binary documents during the event.

Gómez Alcorta stated that the implementation of the non-binary DNI is “an action aimed at building a more egalitarian society, but also more inclusive”.

According to a statement issued by the presidential palace office, Argentina is the first country in Latin America to allow a differentiated choice in the “gender” field of the DNI.

The new measure is in line with changes to identity documents in other countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the statement said.

The US State Department recently said that it is working on adding a non-binary gender option to passports.

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Argentine citizens can correct their identity documents at the headquarters of the National Registry of Persons or at any civil registry office. They must bring their birth certificate and their current DNI.

Foreigners living in Argentina can change their identity at the National Immigration Office.

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