Non-gender licence option

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 17, 2017

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, under the new rule, which takes effect on July 1, Oregon residents will have the option to mark their sex as "not specified" on their application for a driver license, instruction permit or ID card.

"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", Jamie Shupe, who in June 2016 became the nation's first person to legally change his gender to non-binary, told NBC News. Since then several other OR residents have won such recognition, as have some in neighboring California. Being non-binary allows me to do that.

Earlier this year, the Canadian province of Ontario implemented the option of an X gender on licenses.

Although the change did not require action by the state legislature or Gov. Kate Brown, the governor was quick to praise it.

Nancy Haque testified on behalf of Basic Rights Oregon in Portland.

"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", The Associated Press reports.

In offering them, Oregon becomes the first state to legally recognize "non-binary" individuals on ID cards, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation, which is making the option available beginning in July. "Removing barriers for people is critical to helping all of us live healthy, productive lives".

While Oregon is the first US state to offer a third gender option, there is precedent for it around the world.

While new to the United States, non-binary gender markers are not new-other cultures and other countries have recognized non-binary genders for many years, including Canada, India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal.

Now California is considering making such a move legislatively. The law was approved in the Senate on May 31 and is undergoing scrutiny in the state assembly.

The policy comes at a time when the U.S.is becoming somewhat more receptive to the idea that gender identity - whether you feel yourself to be male, female, or other - is about self-perception, and distinct from the sex you're assigned at birth.

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