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Joe Biden urged to legally recognise non-binary people with gender-neutral passports

Joe Biden gender neutral passports

Joe Biden. (Rick Loomis/Getty)

Joe Biden is facing calls to give trans and non-binary people the legal recognition they need with “X” markers on passports.

Under current rules, people must identify as either male or female on United States passports, meaning non-binary people are effectively forced to misgender themselves on official documentation.

Joe Biden promised to introduce a third “X” marker for non-binary people on passports and social security cards during his presidential campaign – however, no such change has been enacted.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) launched its “They the People” campaign in 2020 in a bid to win legal recognition for non-binary people.

The ACLU is now planning to deliver a petition to the Biden administration on 31 March – Trans Day of Visibility – calling on the president to sign an executive order introducing “X” markers for non-binary people.

The petition, which has been signed more than 70,000 times, notes that trans and non-binary people have endured state-sanctioned discrimination over the last four years in the United States.

“The new administration has assured us they will work to undo this damage, so we must hold them accountable to their words,” the ACLU’s petition says.

“There’s one important action Biden-Harris can take right away to show that they respect and support our trans communities: Give us access to accurate identification,” the organisation adds.

Joe Biden urged to introduce gender-neutral passports in first 100 days

The ACLU asks Joe Biden to sign an executive order introducing “X” markers within his first 100 days in office.

The organisation’s They the People campaign notes that “X” markers on official documentation would allow trans and non-binary people to travel, apply for jobs and enter public establishments “without risk of harassment or harm”.

The Biden administration provided an update on plans to introduce an “X” marker on passports and social security cards in February.

White House spokesperson Matt Hill told The 19th that, while there was no timeline yet, Joe Biden remained committed to introducing gender-neutral IDs.

In a statement, Hill said: “President Biden remains committed to advancing state and federal efforts that allow transgender and non-binary Americans to update their identification documents to accurately reflect their gender identity, especially as transgender and non-binary people continue to face harassment or are denied access to services because their identification documents don’t affirm their identity.”

Help me brainstorm gender-neutral terms for describing t-shirts! : butchlesbians

Help me brainstorm gender-neutral terms for describing t-shirts! : butchlesbians

Hi y’all, I’m a graphic designer at a t-shirt shop in Central Texas. I’m also very gay (lol) and have always taken issue with how gendered the clothing industry is, which is why I’m here at r/butchlesbians for some help! I have been tasked with creating an informational PDF to send to our customers that describes things like price breakdown, file specifications, and (here’s the kicker) the difference between men’s and women’s shirt styles. I need some help in coming up with a more gender-neutral way to describe the difference between these two styles!

A little background: shirts advertised as “men’s” are generally cut straight from the shoulder to the hip with wider sleeves, while shirts advertised as “women’s” are generally cut narrower in the waist and sleeve in comparison. In recent years, there has been a shift in clothing manufacturers and sellers alike calling what would be traditionally referred to as “men’s” shirts instead as “unisex,” which I think is great and more true to how that style is actually worn anyway. This change seems to be indicative of a larger cultural shift towards using more gender neutral language. A small example of this being a barber shop here in town referring to what would usually be described as “men’s/women’s” haircuts instead as “long cut/short cut”. This is a great example because not only is it practical (they need to make this distinction because of the price difference between the two cuts) but also inclusive (anyone of any gender can have any length of hair!). I want to do this for t-shirts!

Unfortunately, there is a still a strong cultural and industry-supported trend of referring to the narrow waist/small sleeve style of shirt as “women’s”, for whatever complicated reasons we don’t need to get into here. The truth is, there is a deeply engrained idea of binary gender in our culture, and that idea informs what we think men and women “should” wear. We use gendered terms in the clothing industry as a shortcut for communicating what is essentially just differently cut pieces of fabric that anyone can wear. What I want to do is tap into that deeply engrained idea and use it as a foundation for the understanding of a new shortcut that is free from gender stereotypes and instead uses straightforward language to describe the acutal cut of the garment, not the anticipated audience. I’m sure there are a lot of people (in this community especially) who have never worn a “women’s” shirt, find themselves shopping in the “men’s” section more often than not, and would still consider themselves women! Gendered language in the clothing industry is ultimately not only outdated and harmful, but frankly fails to actually accomplish what it’s supposedly trying to do: describe how something fits on your body. There is no universal “woman” body or “man” body! Not all women like a form-fitting cut! Non-binary people exist! Sometimes men want to accentuate their arms! You get the picture. We can use language that plainly describes the cut of the garment rather that relying on lazy and rapidly changing ideas about gender as a catch-all. It seems kinda silly to me to do anything else, frankly.

I don’t want to give the impression that I believe I can End Gender**TM by changing a couple words in a PDF that is ultimately just a sales tool for t-shirts. I also don’t want to pretend like the concept of binary gender is not something that is still very dominant in our culture, nor do I want to demonize/confuse customers who have only ever seen t-shirts described that way. This info packet is meant to above all be a useful tool for our sales team that clearly answers whatever questions the client’s has, not create new ones. I know my job slinging t-shirts isn’t really that important in the grand scheme of things, but do I think it’s a cool lil’ opportunity to communicate our values (friendliness and inclusivity) as a company (and more importantly the values of the people working here!) directly to our customers.

On a final note, I want to avoid terms like “curvy” or “fitted” – which already describe certain commonly understood styles of cut in our industry. I also want to avoid words like “hourglass” or more obviously “feminine”, because they feed into the same general problem we are trying to solve. Again, the goal is to describe the cut of the garment, not the anticipated audience.

Thanks so much in advance for your time and ideas!

TL;DR How would you describe a “women’s” cut shirt without using gendered language?