(CNN) — Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced a new National Identity Document (DNI) for non-binary people on Wednesday.
The goal of the DNI is to guarantee the right to gender identity for people who do not recognize themselves as female or male, he said.
“There are identities other than husband and wife that must be respected,” Fernandez said at a press conference from the Casa Rosada Museum in Buenos Aires.
The new document establishes the gender terminology “x” in amended DNI and passports.
People form an ‘X’ at Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 21 in this handout photo.
Maria Eugenia Cerutti/Handout from the Argentine Presidency/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Fernandez said there are a thousand ways to love, be loved and be happy.
“What does the state care about knowing the sexual orientation of its citizens?” he asked, although gender identity and sexual orientation are two different things.
Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, Minister of the Interior Eduardo De Pedro and Fernandez provided the first three non-binary documents at the event.
Gómez Alcorta said the implementation of the non-binary DNI is “an action aimed at building a more equal but also more inclusive society”.
According to a statement released by the office of the Presidential Palace of Argentina, Argentina is the first country in Latin America to allow another option in terms of “gender” from the DNI.
This new measure is in line with changes to identity documents in other countries, the statement said, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Citizens of Argentina can change their identification documents at the headquarters of the National Register of Persons or an office of the Civil Registry. They must bring their birth certificate and their current DNI.
Foreigners living in Argentina can change their ID at the National Migration Office.