Oregon DMV To Offer 3rd Gender Identity On ID Cards

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

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.

According to BuzzFeed, the Oregon Transportation Commission approved a rule on Thursday that will allow people living in the state to officially declare their gender as non-binary on their driver's licenses. The "X" is for not-specified.

Last year, a federal judge in OR in a landmark decision ruled that Jamie Shupe, a Portland Army veteran, could legally identify as neither male nor female.

And then it got personal: At public hearings in Eugene and Portland in early May, 71 people spoke in favor of adding the "X".


For those who don't know, a non-binary gender means an individual does not identify with either the "male" or "female" label. "Ideally, my child will grow up in a world and an OR that recognizes and sees them for who they are, no matter how they identity". The move will make the state the first in the U.S.to legally recognize the identifier, and will be a triumphant step forward for the non-binary and trans community. Several countries, including Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Bangladesh have acknowledged the need to recognize non-binary genders for years.

"There's a little more truth and justice in the world today", said Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization that advocates for the civil rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people. California would be the first state to establish a third gender option through legislation. "It's something that we should do because it's the right thing to do". Judge Amy Holmes Hen ruled that "The sex of Jamie Shupe is hereby changed from female to non-binary".

OR officials said they got little opposition to the change at a public hearing or in comments.

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. The American Medical Association's House of Delegates passed a resolution just this week calling for improved public education about the "medical spectrum of gender identity", necessary because gender is "incompletely understood as a binary selection".

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