Rule gives Oregonians non-gender option on driver's license

Rule gives Oregonians non-gender option on driver's license

The news was met with excitement and happiness online - especially with the approval to add "X" coming in the middle of Pride Month.

In a decision praised by transgender rights activists, OR will be the first state to allow residents to mark a third, "not specified" gender option on state identification cards. The third marker will be X for not specified. The new policy represents a unanimous move Thursday by the Oregon Transportation Commission, reports Reuters, and goes into effect July 1.

According to Amber Ferguson of the Washington Post, the Commission's decision "became inevitable" after an or judge allowed 52-year-old Jamie Shupe to legally identify as non-binary in June of last year. And while there aren't statistics to show just how many Oregonians identify as nonbinary, on a national level, more than a third of transgender people say they're nonbinary.

The DMV said the new rule, which the commission passed unanimously, came about after a Multnomah County judge in June 2016 allowed Jamie Shupe, a Portland resident, to legally change to "non-binary" gender.

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.

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In a statement, the Department of Motor Vehicles said that "time was required to study state laws, update computer systems, work with business partners such as law enforcement and courts, and change administrative rules". "Our lives are so gendered, which is why it's important that driver licenses and other forms of IDs recognize people who are non-binary". "It's something that we should do because it's the right thing to do".

As OPB's Kristian Foden-Vencil reported a year ago, several other countries recognize a third gender, including India, Pakistan, Australia and Germany. OR beat to the punch California, where a broader bill is moving through the legislature to allow a gender-neutral choice on licenses and other documents, such as birth certificates.

One commissioner said, "I hope those who will use "X" as an identifier will feel an element of comfort moving forward". According to David House, a DMV spokesperson, "There was very little opposition" to the change. "I consider myself as a third sex", Shupe added.

"My gender identity is definitely feminine".

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