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

Oregon just became first state to allow residents to identify their gender as non-binary on state ID

OR is officially the 1st state to recognize non-binary residents on their driver's licenses and IDs.

OR made history this week by becoming the first state in the USA to legally recognize non-binary, intersex and agender people on driver's licenses and ID cards.

The decision came after a Multnomah County Court judge granted a transgender person's petition to be legally considered "non-binary" previous year.

"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", said Basic Rights Oregon co-executive director Nancy Haque, whose organization campaigned for the change.

Governor Kate Brown, who is out as bi and who signed the bill into law, made history a year ago when she became the first out LGB person to win election as governor of a U.S. state.

DMV Administrator Tom McClellan choked up as he read letters of support to the commission, including from someone who encountered an embarrassing situation while going through a body scanner at an airport, and the security officer didn't know whether to push the blue button for a male passenger or a pink one for a female one.

An employee of the advocacy group Basic Rights Oregon hands out stickers during an Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle department public hearing on May 10. "And then I'll no doubt stand out front of the building, or sit in the auto, and cry".

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

Australia and New Zealand already have the option to choose an "X" gender on passports, and in India the options include "male", "female" and "eunuch".

"ID cards are something we show at banks, to new bosses, to police, to bartenders", said gendefluid Oregonian Danno Mannino, "And every time I have to pull it out of my wallet, my heart sinks that my true name and gender are not acknowledged on it yet..."

About 20,000 Oregonians identify as transgender, according to The Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles. I'm a mixture of both.

Activists hope an "X" gender designation is on the way in other states, and eventually, for USA passports. "I consider myself as a third sex". California would be the first state to establish a third gender option through legislation.

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