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H.R. 5962 (116th): Gender Inclusive Passport Act

About the bill

Several nations in various continents already do so. Should the U.S. join them?


10 nations offer a gender neutral option on passports: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Ireland and Nepal. But American passports offer two options for all applicants: female or male.

Colorado Navy veteran Dana Zzyym wanted to put neither option, so they sued the federal government to allow a third “undesignated” option and won in district court in 2018. If issued, it would be the first such passport.

However, the decision has been put on hold pending an appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments in January.

What the bill does

The Gender Inclusive Passport Act would allow applicants to mark a third option labelled …

Sponsor and status

Ro Khanna

Sponsor. Representative for California's 17th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Length: 3 pages
Feb 25, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 25, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


30 Cosponsors (30 Democrats)



Feb 25, 2020

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H.R. 5962 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5962. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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