The government’s “Gender Designation Change” page has showed transgender people how to change the gender mark on their passport since 2010, and while the Trump administration’s new “Sex Designation Change” site does the same thing, the layout is different.
All instances of the word “gender” are now replaced with “sex,” and all links to medical associations that support transition-related care have been removed.
A new paragraph has also been added that the National Center for Transgender Equality described as “undesirable and uninformed: "A U.S. passport does not list the bearer's gender identity. The sex marker on your U.S. passport is based on your evidence of U.S. citizenship and identity, including a medical certification of sex change.”
Executive Director of the Center Mara Kiesling is not pleased.
“While ultimately pointless, this move seems designed to frighten, confuse, and keep transgender people from exercising their full rights under the current policy—the same policy we fought for and won in 2010,” she said in a press release.