United Airlines Offers X Gender Option for Non-Binary Passengers

Last year New York City (independently from the state) joined Oregon, California and Washington in offering a third gender option (X) on birth certificates. But many other official documents and forms (like passports, licenses, immigration visas) require people to choose male or female—making the process of representing oneself to governing bodies more stressful and less accurate. Now United has become the first airline to also offer the non-binary gender option X, as well as Mx for those who wish not to disclose any gender. The airline is also working with various organizations, including “The Trevor Project and Human Rights Campaign to train staff on preferred pronouns, LGBT workplace competency and other inclusivity initiatives.” The news came just before International Transgender Day of Visibility which not only celebrates the community, but also aims to educate and raise awareness surrounding continued discrimination. Read more at The Guardian.