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Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

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

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

OR residents will soon have three options when selecting their gender on driver's licenses and state identification cards: "M" for male, "F" for female and "X" for a non-specified gender.

Shupe, an OR resident, is an Army veteran who was designated male at birth (DMAB) but began to transition in 2013.

US President Donald Trump in February also rescinded his predecessor's guidance to US public schools that allowed transgender students to use toilets matching their gender identity. I'm a mixture of both.

Last year, intersex activist and Navy veteran Dana Zzyym sued the federal government for the right to choose a third gender on their passport.

Starting July 3, drivers in OR will have the option to choose between F (female), M (male) and X. The state selected X as the third letter because it is already recognized internationally and by the United Nations.

The new rule is set to take effect July 3. People will self-identify and go through the normal license replacing process.

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.

OR is now the first state to allow a third gender option on driver's licenses. "Removing barriers for people is critical to helping all of us live healthy, productive lives".

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

This includes non-binary, gender-fluid and genderqueer people, as well as some trans people. "Ideally, my child will grow up in a world and an OR that recognizes and sees them for who they are, no matter how they identity". The third marker will be X for not specified. Applicants will have to pay replacement or renewal fees. Earlier this year in a cover story for TIME, LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD reported that one in five of Millennials identify as something other than straight and cisgender; in contrast, only seven percent of baby boomers identify as such.

The new licenses could make them safer, too.

She said that when people's appearance doesn't appear to match gender markers on ID cards, they "endure insults and psychological trauma that could largely be averted if they had an option to use a gender marker that does not contradict who they are". That would be a victory for us all.

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