Rule gives Oregonians non-gender option on driver's license

Rule gives Oregonians non-gender option on driver's license

Adding another gender marker to the system may seem small or insignificant to some, but for those who do not identify as binary and have been forced to exist within one on legal documents, finally being officially recognized on their license is a step toward being more recognized in society in general.

OR has officially become the first state to add a gender-neutral option to driver's licenses.

"It's exciting to see Oregon's Department of Motor Vehicles adopt this change". Shupe, who according to The Oregonian prefers to be called "Jamie" rather than by a pronoun, said that being non-binary allows Shupe to acknowledge being DMAB and having a feminine gender identity.

A 2015 survey of more than 27,000 transgender people across all 50 states found that 68 percent of respondents didn't have an ID reflecting their preferred name or gender.

The ruling, which is believed to be the first of its kind, allowed Portland resident Jamie Shupe to mark that designation in a standard petition for change of sex. And while there aren't statistics to show just how many Oregonians identify as nonbinary, on a national level, more than a third of transgender people say they're nonbinary. "Removing barriers for people is critical to helping all of us live healthy, productive lives".

"As of July 1, residents of OR will be able to eschew the gender binary on state-issued forms of identification by marking the place where they previously would have had to use an "M" for "Male" OR "F" for Female" with an "X", according to a statement from Lambda Legal, a civil rights group that fights for the rights of LGBTQ people in America.

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The new rule came about after an OR resident's court order authorized a sex change from female to "non-binary".

The group said other cultures and other countries that recognize non-binary genders include India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal.

The new rule is set to take effect July 3. OR beat to the punch California, where a broader bill is moving through the legislature to allow a gender-neutral choice on licenses and other documents, such as birth certificates.

OR will be the first state in the nation to offer a third gender option on its state IDs - an acknowledgment that validates transgender identities.

Gender binary is history-in the West Coast, at least. So while Oregon's the first state to allow a third gender option, it likely won't be the last.

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