Dana Zzyym

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Dana Zzyym
Nationality American
Pronouns they/them[1]
Gender identity nonbinary
Occupation associate director of Intersex Campaign for Equality[1]

Dana Zzyym is an intersex activist and former sailor. In the lawsuit Zzyym v. Pompeo, they were the first military veteran in the United States to seek a nonbinary gender marker on their U.S. passport.[2]

Zzyym had their application for a passport denied due to refusing to select a binary gender option on the application form. With help from Lambda Legal, an LGBTQ+ legal assistance organization, a court ruled that denying Zzyym a passport was not within the U.S. State Department's authority.[3]

Dana finally received their X-marked passport in late October of 2021, being the first person in the USA to receive such a passport.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "10th Circuit Court Orders State Department to Reconsider Decision to Deny Intersex Vet an Accurate Passport". Lambda Legal. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  2. Nemir, Samy (13 December 2018). "Intersex and Non-Binary in America: A Q&A With Dana Zzyym". INTO. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  3. Warnke, Tom (19 September 2018). "Victory! State Department Cannot Rely on its Binary-Only Gender Policy to Deny Passport to Nonbinary Intersex Citizen". Lambda Legal. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  4. Hernandez, Joe (27 October 2021). "The U.S. issues the first passport with a nonbinary gender 'X' option". NPR.org. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
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