Argentina is now allowing citizens to declare their gender as non-binary when applying for National ID Documents (DNI) and passports. The new decree, announced on 21 July 2021, is welcome news for citizens who neither identify as male nor female‍. When applying for important national ID documents, they will now be allowed to choose “X” in the field corresponding to gender. This decision complies with Argentina’s Gender Identity Law, sanctioned in May 2012, which recognizes self-perceived identity. 

The use of the “X” to indicate non-binary gender identification has already been accepted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and includes people who identify outside traditional gender definitions.

Argentina is the first country in Latin America to enable this via decree, and joins countries such as New Zealand, Canada, India, and Australia, which have already implemented the change.

Argentinians who want to process the change of their DNI to exercise this right, may do so at the Renaper headquarters or at any delegation of the civil registries throughout the national territory, with their birth certificate and valid ID. They can also do it at the consular representations of the Argentine Republic abroad. Meanwhile, foreigners residing in Argentina may do so before the National Directorate of Migration (DNM).

Sources:

Argentina Department of the Interior

BBC

Reuters

Democracy Now!

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