Surgery No Longer Needed for Passport Gender Swap

Move will make travel easier for transgender people
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2010 4:05 AM CDT
The passport policy change goes into effect today.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – People who want to change their gender on their passport will no longer need to go under the knife, the State Department has declared. All an applicant need do now is show a doctor's certification that the or she has undergone "appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition," which could mean non-surgical options, CNN reports. The old policy put transgender people in danger when they traveled in countries where sex changes are frowned upon, says the director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

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