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Oregon Driver's Licenses to Undergo a Novel Change

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

Male, female or X? Oregon adds third option to driver's licenses

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'.

Nancy Haque testified on behalf of Basic Rights Oregon in Portland.

"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.

OR is officially the 1st state to recognize non-binary residents on their driver's licenses and IDs. "Removing barriers for people is critical to helping all of us live healthy, productive lives".

Meanwhile, India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal already recognize non-binary genders.

An advocate for the "X" gender marker hands out stickers.

"I hope those who will use X as an identifier will feel an element of comfort moving forward", he said.

Now California is considering making such a move legislatively. The law was approved in the Senate on May 31 and is undergoing scrutiny in the state assembly.

Meanwhile, California lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow residents to identify as nonbinary on driver's licenses-as well as birth certificates and other state documents.

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