Navy veteran sues US State Department for denying 'intersex' passport

October 27, 2015 05:33

DENVER - A Navy veteran from Colorado who identifies as neither male nor female has sued the US Department of State after being denied a passport for refusing to select a gender on the application, court documents showed on Monday.

Dana Zzyym claimed in a federal discrimination lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Denver that it was a constitutional violation to force an "intersex" person to pick either a male or female when seeking to travel abroad.

"I am not male, I am not female, I am intersex, and I shouldn't have to choose a gender marker for my official US identity document that isn't me," Zzyym said in a statement.

The lawsuit names US Secretary of State John Kerry and the director of the Colorado passport agency as defendants.

The State Department did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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