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Interest groups want X in passport soon

TNN, NNID and COC* want people to quickly be given the option to put an X instead of V or M in their passports and other official documents without court intervention. Member of Parliament Lisa van Ginneken (D66) made a statement on Friday evening, June 3, on Instagram announced that she is coming up with an initiative bill and the Council of State presented an opinion.

'Non-binary and other individuals have been waiting too long for appropriate registration,' the LGBT advocacy groups said. 'The important thing now is to get that sorted out quickly, whether by law or amendment.' TNN and COC applaud MP Van Ginneken for taking the initiative.

About 4 percent of the Dutch identify as neither male nor female. For example, they are non-binary. The group experiences lack of recognition and uncomfortable situations in daily life because official gender registration is only possible with an M or V.

A portion of the Dutch also believe that it is "none of the government's business what is in their underwear. They consider their gender - like, for example, their sexual orientation - to be a private matter that does not belong in passports and other government records.

Transgender Network Netherlands, the Dutch sex diversity organization NNID and COC have long advocated for the possibility for anyone to get an X in official documents without judicial intervention. It is one of the promises in the Rainbow Ballot Agreement that will be implemented, according to the coalition agreement. Activists from It's time for an "x" started a petition.

MP Lisa van Ginneken announced on Instagram on June 3 that she is coming up with an initiative bill to regulate the X. She previously submitted an amendment to the new Gender Registration Act. However, on June 3, the Council of State recommended that the issue be regulated with a bill.

Currently, registration with an X is only possible through the courts. An estimated several dozen Dutch people received an X that way, including Nanoah Struik and Leonne Zeegers. The option through the court remains in place, but interest groups want the procedure to be simpler. Several courts have called on the legislature to regulate this.

Similar opportunities already exist in countries such as the US, Malta, Iceland, New Zealand and India.