Oregon Becomes First State To Allow Third Gender Option On Driver ID

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"We know gender is a spectrum and some people don't identify as male or female", said Nancy Haque, co-executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, the state's largest nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy group.

As Sam Levin of the Guardian notes, instituting a third option on state IDs may prevent people from facing questioning and discrimination because their legal documents do not match their gender presentation. Now, it's officially on Shupe's driver's license. Shupe, who according to The Oregonian prefers to be called "Jamie" rather than by a pronoun, said that being non-binary allows Shupe to acknowledge being DMAB and having a feminine gender identity.

As MRCTV previously reported, government officials in OR were recently debating whether to allow people who identify as genderqueer OR non-binary to put an "X" on their driver's licenses instead of the standard "M" for male and "F" for female. In fact, United Nation states use an internationally recognized format that includes a non-binary gender marker of X.

'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, ' Shupe tells NBC News. "Removing barriers for people is critical to helping all of us live healthy, productive lives".

And then it got personal: At public hearings in Eugene and Portland in early May, 71 people spoke in favor of adding the "X".

Activists hope an "X" gender designation is on the way in other states, and eventually, for USA passports.

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The rule goes into effect in OR on July 3.

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. OR beat to the punch California, where a broader bill is moving through the legislature to allow a gender-neutral choice on licenses and other documents, such as birth certificates.

It also looks like OR won't be the only state with this nonbinary option for much longer.

Any time you need to visit an Oregon DMV office in person, DMV suggests that you first visit OregonDMV.com to find office hours and locations, and to make sure you have everything you need before your visit.

While Texas certainly feels Draconian in its human rights "efforts", the good news shining from the west coast is promising.

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