Happy girl handing over passport in airport

While parts of the world are falling apart over hate-related protests and violent crimes, others are embracing and accepting the differences that make individual people unique. One country in particular is making that official, promoting acceptance and equality among all of its citizens.

Canada has introduced a third sex category for passports and other government documents, which means that no one individual needs to decide between selecting either 'male' or 'female'. According to an article by Fox News, "Beginning August 31, people can select “X” as an “unspecified” gender designation, which will be available on any federal document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)."

The move comes as part of a larger push to embrace nontraditional forms of gender expression, though there are some concerns that those with gender 'X' will run into problems entering select other countries. For example, Uganda and Jamaica have both outlawed being LGBT, and the unspecific gender on a passport could leave people open to scrutiny at airports and degrading treatment. That said, other countries like Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand, and Pakistan have all made the same move as Canada, so the progress is certainly a start.

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