(CNN) – Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Wednesday announced a new National Identity Document (DNI) for non-binary people.
He said the goal of the DNI is to guarantee the right to gender identity to those who do not identify themselves as female or male.
“Identities other than male and female must be respected,” Fernandez said during a news conference from the Casa Rosada Museum in Buenos Aires.
The new document establishes the vocabulary “x” in the field of gender in the revised DNI and passport.
In this handout photo, people pose as they make an ‘X’ at Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 21.
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Fernandez said that there are a thousand ways to love and be loved and happy.
“What does it mean for the state to know the sexual orientation of its citizens?” He asked, although gender identity and sexual orientation are two different things.
Women, Gender and Diversity Minister Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, Interior Minister Eduardo de Pedro and Fernández gave the first three non-documents during the event.
Gómez Alcorta said that the implementation of the non-binary DNI is “an action focused on building a more equal but more inclusive society.”
Argentina is the first country in Latin America to allow a different option in the “gender” field of the DNI, according to a statement issued by the Office of the President of Argentina.
The new measure is in line with amendments to identity documents in other countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the statement said.
Argentine citizens can amend their identity documents at the headquarters of the National Registry of Persons or at any of the offices of the Civil Registries. They must bring their birth certificate and their current DNI.
Foreigners residing in Argentina can amend their ID at the Office of National Migration.