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17 June 2017, 11:20 | Floyd Cook
Oregon just became first state to allow residents to identify their gender as non-binary on state ID
OR yesterday became the first U.S. state to allow residents to identify as neither male nor female on state driver's licences, a decision that transgender advocates called a victory for civil rights.
One Oregonian led the way for a non-gender option on state IDs when Jamie Shupe fought in court to be recognized as a non-binary gender. Since then several other OR residents have won such recognition, as have some in neighboring California.
"I very much plan to head to the nearest DMV and ask for that ID to be corrected on July 3rd", Jamie Shupe said after Thursday's decision. "But in the end, the huge legal and non-binary civil rights battle that I expected to unfold going into this never came to pass; simply because this was always the right thing to do all along". While Shupe is excited to finally get an ID card that reflects their gender change, Shupe isn't so sure the federal government will be as progressive as the Western states.
Brown called the change an important step toward creating 'a society that upholds the rights, liberties and dignity of each of its people'.
"The "X" is in use internationally, and in fact it's a standard recommended by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators", said David House, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. Last year's ruling on the case that a transgender person can legally change their sex to something other than male or female paved the way for the option to make it onto official documents like licenses.
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