Offer “Transgender” Option on Visa Applications

passsport by robert rexach

Target: U.S. Department of State

Demand: Allow those applying for U.S. visas to select “transgender”.

Those applying for a U.S. visa have to select “male” or “female” on their application. Since many countries, including India and Australia, allow their citizens to select “transgender” on their passports, this is creating quite the problem when processing applications for visas. The Department of State requires that the gender listed on the visa application match the gender listed on the passport, so when transgender applicants are applying their selected gender isn’t matching up.

The U.S. is slowly beginning to accept that transgender people often don’t want to be identified as a male or female, and our visa applications should reflect that. Demand the U.S. Department of State add “transgender” as an option in addition to “male” and “female” on its visa applications.


Dear U.S. Department of State,

In many countries, including India and Australia, citizens are allowed to choose “male,” “female,” or “transgender” on their passports. However, when applying for a visa to come to the United States, applicants can only choose “male” or “female.” Since the department requires that the gender on the passport matches that on the application, this is causing quite a problem.

All over the world transgender people are beginning to identify themselves as such. We in the United States must recognize their choice to be considered transgender and not force them to be grouped into a gender they don’t identify with.

We the undersigned urge you to include “transgender” in addition to “male” and “female” as an option on visa applications.


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