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Imagine going through the hassle of applying for your first passport—obtaining your birth certificate, having your photo taken, filling out the paperwork— only to arrive at a passport agency and be told that in order to leave the country, you must tick one of two boxes that don’t correspond with your gender.

That’s the challenge faced by intersex individuals in countries, including the United States, where passport applicants are required to choose their gender identity from one of two options: male or female

Intersex people are born with “a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male,” according to the Intersex Society of North America. Though some intersex people choose to identify as male or female, others do not, as in the case of Colorado resident Dana Zzyym. Read more…

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