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OR 1st to allow non-binary gender option on IDs

OR 1st to allow non-binary gender option on IDs”

The policy change was cheered by supporters as a major step in expanding legal recognition and civil rights for people who do not identify as male or female. "Our lives are so gendered, which is why it's important that driver licenses and other forms of IDs recognize people who are non-binary", Haque said in a statement.

Shupe plans to apply for a non-binary driver's license on July 3, alongside their wife, Sandy.

A new rule was adopted by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday.

The Transportation Commission convened an advisory group on the third gender option and held public hearings on it, in which the people speaking in favor of it far outnumbered those opposed, although one of the opponents called it "political correctness gone haywire".

As MRCTV previously reported, government officials in OR were recently debating whether to allow people who identify as genderqueer OR non-binary to put an "X" on their driver's licenses instead of the standard "M" for male and "F" for female.

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In Oregon, the process for deciding whether to implement a third sex field may have began with Shupe's court judgment, but it continued over a year of conversations among the Transportation Department, statewide agencies and law enforcement, and motor vehicle departments nationwide. It did not need legislative action because state law does not specify that drivers must choose male or female.

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.

LGBT rights organizations hailed Thursday's move. As of July 3rd, Oregonians can choose an "X" for "not specified" as their gender. "There are daily interactions such as checking out at a grocery store, checking in at a doctor's appointment - and an incorrect gender marker means the potential to be misgendered and have painful and very uncomfortable experiences at all of those stages", Oregon resident J. Gibbons, who identifies as nonbinary, told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

OR might not be alone for long: In January, California lawmakers introduced a bill that would add a third gender option to licenses, as well. It's awaiting a vote in the House. So while Oregon's the first state to allow a third gender option, it likely won't be the last.

While Texas certainly feels Draconian in its human rights "efforts", the good news shining from the west coast is promising.



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