"The X nomenclature", point of arrival and departure

The battle is in the details.

The non-binary document today will serve those who have already requested the change in the birth certificate, and not newborns. For now, the possibility of having a non-binary DNI is tied to the application of the Gender Identity Law, which means that to access it first, the person must have lived long enough to build a perception of their own identity. , you must have gone through the experience of discovering yourself and knowing who you are. The X, today, will be a place of arrival.

Argentina is the first country in the region, but not the only one to apply X, an option so little questioned that it was even a promise of a presidential campaign in one of the central countries (Joe Biden, in the United States), and it is applied, for For example, in Canada (some of whose officials advised the Argentine team that drafted the decree). Even more: the X is recognized by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), the United Nations entity that sets the standards for travel documents, and requires -for the moment- that this documentation include the “sex” component among its data. .

The X is also a starting point: it indicates that there is a long way to go, and that future debates could be different, even unexpected. For example: if we eventually have personal documentation that allows us to enter M, F or X for newborns, does that mean that the State could not be aware of key information of the population for the design of public policies? We could arrive at a solution that protects private information (after all, how, in what terms, each person perceives himself and chooses to live does not concern anyone other than that person) and at the same time allows strengthening the exercise of his rights , with a State aware of its citizenship? The questions were posed to me at midnight by one of the people who participated in the drafting of the text of the decree, as part of the Renaper team. That person, the lawyer Carolina Von Opiela, a little more than eleven years ago accompanied the first male couple who agreed to the legal marriage, in Ushuaia, to ensure that in that province the judicial order that the City of Buenos Aires, At that time under the command of Mauricio Macri, he insisted on nothing. The diverse paths intersect.

At the heart of the decree are those and other struggles, those and other stories, because the fine print of lives also changes the world.

It may seem like a small thing when you didn’t want it, when you didn’t fight for it. Privileges are like this. And when there are doubts about the value of a change that seems so small and yet is highly celebrated, one need only pay attention to what those who oppose say: the defense of privilege is so transparent, so virulent in clinging to power. to tell others how and who they should be, that there can be no doubt. That small change is immense.


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