Oregon Allows Residents to Choose Non-Binary Gender on Driver's Licenses

Oregon Allows Residents to Choose Non-Binary Gender on Driver's Licenses

As Elite Daily reported about a year ago, OR was also the first state to legally recognize an individual as a non-binary gender, so this news isn't a total surprise for the liberal state.

OR has officially become the first state to add a gender-neutral option to driver's licenses.

Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles officials say they received little opposition to the change, which they first announced plans to carry out last summer.

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".

This includes non-binary, gender-fluid and genderqueer people, as well as some trans people.

"I've trembled with the fear of failure and cried tears until I had no more tears to cry, because of the magnitude of what's been at stake - and now won", Shupe said. "Removing barriers for people is critical to helping all of us live healthy, productive lives".

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Right in the middle of Pride month, OR just made a huge move to support non-binary people.

Previously, non-binary residents were forced to check "M" for male or "F" for female.

"Gender identity refers to a person's internal sense of being male, female, or something else", according to the American Psychological Association. The bill simplifies the process of legal gender changes and introduces the non-binary gender option "X" in identification documents. Several countries, including Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Bangladesh have acknowledged the need to recognize non-binary genders for years.

The new rule is set to take effect July 3. Recently, a bill passed through the California House Senate, which would similarly allow for a third gender-neutral option.

That 2016 ruling prompted state officials to examine how to allow a third option in the state's computer systems and how such a change would interact with the state's gender laws.

Soon, most of the West Coast could boast non-binary IDs. Those have included prominent intersex activists like Sara Kelley Keenan and David Strachan, who have worked for years to persuade the states to officially recognize that they were born with mixed-sex traits on a biological and genetic level.

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