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The U.S. State Department announced Wednesday a new policy that no longer requires passport applicants seeking a gender change to have undergone sexual reassignment surgery.

The policy, which goes into effect Thursday, allows a gender change with a certification from an attending physician.

The doctor’s certification must confirm only that the passport applicant has undergone treatment for gender transition. Limited-validity passports for applicants who are in the process of gender transition also will be available under the policy.

Previously, individuals had to provide documentation from a surgeon that sex reassignment surgery had been performed on them, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.
The announcement was made to coincide with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month, the State Department said.

The rumor is true. Another security measure is being rolled out that will make travel difficult for trans and gender non-conforming people. Monday’s Times ran a story confirming what I had heard a couple months ago from the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Executive Director Mara Keisling. The Transportation Security Administration is about to start confirming our names, genders and birth dates at the airport before we are allowed to fly. For people whose gender is often mistaken, or whose gender markers on various forms of ID do not match their appearance and/or identity, this may create a serious obstacle.