The news was met with excitement and happiness online - especially with the approval to add "X" coming in the middle of Pride Month.
OR has approved a new rule giving its residents the option of not specifying their gender on driver's licenses, learner's permits and identity cards, becoming the first state in the U.S. to do so. The bill simplifies the process of legal gender changes and introduces the non-binary gender option "X" in identification documents.
They said: "The state of OR sees me for who I am".
The move, which is set to go into effect on July 1, is confirmation of a massive civil rights win for anyone who does not identify as simply male or female. 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.
Since Shupe's petition was granted, judges in two OR counties have granted similar petitions to transgender people. "It's something we should do because it's the right thing to do".
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"It's exciting to see Oregon's Department of Motor Vehicles adopt this change".
Citizens of Australia and New Zealand already have the option to choose "X" on their passports, and in India passport applicants can pick Male, Female or Eunuch. OR approved the introduction of a third gender option on drivers' licenses Thursday, in what is the first official alternative to the male/female binary in the U.S. "The state of OR sees me for who I am", 26-year-old J Gibbons told the Guardian. California would be the first state to establish a third gender option through legislation. The California Family Council, a conservative Christian group, opposes it, arguing that "government documents need to reflect biological facts for identification". Time was required to study state laws, update computer systems, work with business partners such as law enforcement and courts, and change administrative rules, officials said.
Gender identity has become a major flashpoint across the United States in places like North Carolina, which passed a bill forcing students to use toilets according to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
The ruling, which is believed to be the first of its kind, allowed Portland resident Jamie Shupe to mark that designation in a standard petition for change of sex.