The United Kingdom is considering removing gender categories from its passports out of respect for transgender and intersex people.

Currently all UK passports require a person to identify themselves as a man or a woman. Supporters of change say removing gender would prevent embarrassment at international borders and airports when a person’s gender appears different from that marked on their passports.

To continue to comply with international laws, the new passports would still have a category titled ‘sex’ but this would be filled with an ‘X’ for all passport holders.

“We are exploring with international partners and relevant stakeholders the security implications of gender not being displayed in the passport,” the UK Home Office stated.

Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert pointed out that UK military IDs, including those with high-level security clearances, did not carry information on a person’s gender.

“It is not a very good biometric,” Huppert said.

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