OR becomes first state to add third gender to driver's licenses

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

"It's fitting that this is before us during Pride Week in OR and Pride Month around the country", said Commissioner Sean O'Hollaren.

According to multiple reports, OR became on Thursday the first state in the U.S.to allow non-binary people to identify as such on state IDs, driver's licenses and permits, awarding a massive civil rights victory to non-binary people and LGBTQ activists. The International Civil Aviation Organization, which develops passport standards, has recommended an "X for unspecified" option since 1996, according to NBC.

LGBT rights groups praised the move while other states are looking to do the same.

The change follows a ruling a year ago by an OR judge that allowed Jamie Shupe, an Army veteran, to legally identify as non-binary.

As Sam Levin of the Guardian notes, instituting a third option on state IDs may prevent people from facing questioning and discrimination because their legal documents do not match their gender presentation.

For those who don't know, a non-binary gender means an individual does not identify with either the "male" or "female" label.

The ruling, which didn't come in the form of a senate bill or a legislation passing, came from a simple need at the state level: from the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. "It's something we should do because it's the right thing to do".

Almost one-third of transgender people who showed an ID with a name or gender that did not match their perceived gender reported harassment, discrimination or assault, according to a 2015 survey of more than 20,000 people in all states. In fact, United Nation states use an internationally recognized format that includes a non-binary gender marker of X.

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. As part of the DMV's rule adjustment process, the division held public hearings to gauge the public's view on the change. "Time was required to study state laws, update computer systems, work with business partners such as law enforcement and courts, and change administrative rules".

Supportive comments included that the DMV was "being careful and considerate", McClellan said, adding that one letter of support read, "Thank you for making it easy for me".

"My gender identity is definitely feminine".

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