"It's fitting that this is before us during pride week in OR and pride month around the country".
But in a ground-breaking move to accommodate non-binary individuals who do not identify with either gender, OR has become the first state to allow applicants to choose a third option, Casey Parks reports for the Oregonian. This is a huge advancement in LGBTQ+ rights, and perhaps, most notably following this ruling is that no doctor's note is required for a switch in ID to gender X.
They said: "The state of OR sees me for who I am".
For Army veteran Jamie Shupe, who in June 2016 became the nation's first person to legally change their gender to non-binary, it's the culmination of an emotional, exciting year. It did not need legislative action because state law does not specify that drivers must choose male or female.
While Oregon is the first USA state to offer a third gender option, there is precedent for it around the world.
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Police issued warrants for two Canadian citizens and had already arrested four people, bringing the total amount charged to 18. Another man, Sinan Narin , was arrested in Virginia on an aggravated assault charge, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
As for the licenses, the final decision was ultimately up to the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.
Australia and New Zealand have already have the option to choose "X" on their passports, and passport applicants in India can pick Male, Female or Eunuch. "It's something we should do because it's the right thing to do".
The stats show that the number of people who don't consider themselves part of the gender binary is increasing. Following Shupe's win, at least 12 other people in OR and California have changed their gender designation to non-binary OR agender. Recently, a bill passed through the California House Senate, which would similarly allow for a third gender-neutral option.
"Presenting an identification document that does not accurately reflect one's sex and is inconsistent with one's gender identity can trigger invasions of privacy, prejudice, stigma, violence, and discrimination and harassment in a wide variety of settings, including in employment, education, public accommodations, health care, housing, and interactions with the government, including with law enforcement", the group wrote. As part of the DMV's rule adjustment process, the division held public hearings to gauge the public's view on the change. "They found they could do that through the rule change".
"My gender identity is definitely feminine".