Oregon first US state to add third gender option on driver ID

Oregon first US state to add third gender option on driver ID

Oregon first US state to add third gender option on driver ID

Earlier this month, Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill making it easier for transgender residents to shield changes they make to their birth certificates, with the aim of mitigating potential discrimination from employers or landlords, making or the second state (after California) to pass such a law.

OR has approved a new rule giving its residents the option of not specifying their gender on driver's licenses, learner's permits and identity cards, becoming the first state in the U.S. to do so.

Activists hope an "X" gender designation is on the way in other states, and eventually, for USA passports. The new policy represents a unanimous move Thursday by the Oregon Transportation Commission, reports Reuters, and goes into effect July 1.

The change became inevitable after an OR judge's decision last June to allow then 52-year-old Jamie Shupe the right to legally identify as non-binary, which was thought to be a first in the United States, according to NPR. "This was always the right thing to do all along", he added.

About 20,000 Oregonians identify as transgender, according to The Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles.

OR is the first state in the nation to offer that option.

Previously, non-binary residents were forced to check "M" for male or "F" for female. Drivers can now choose if they're male, female, or x. Non-binary identities are as varied as an individual's gender expression, meaning that two non-binary people may identify in totally different ways, just as two women or two men might.

"It's exciting to see Oregon's Department of Motor Vehicles adopt this change".

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.

While new to the United States, non-binary gender markers are not new-other cultures and other countries have recognized non-binary genders for many years, including Canada, India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal.

In late May, California senators passed a bill to add a third gender option on state IDs-suggesting that more change may be forthcoming. "Time was required to study state laws, update computer systems, work with business partners such as law enforcement and courts, and change administrative rules". "I consider myself as a third sex".

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