Oregon has made history in the U.S. as becoming the first state to allow people who don’t identify as male or female to choose a third gender on their state IDs. Now Oregon citizens may choose “X” which stands for “not specified” as their gender. This selection will appear on state IDs like driver licenses and permits.
This new policy will begin on July 3rd and many are happy with the news.
Basic Rights Oregon co-executive director Nancy Haque said, “Our lives are so gendered, which is why it’s important that driver licenses and other forms of IDs recognize people who are non-binary. Removing barriers for people is critical to helping all of us live healthy, productive lives.”
A year ago, an Oregon judge granted Jamie Shupe the right to legally identify as non-binary. This was the first time someone was legally recognized as neither female or male. From there, this new policy was set in motion.
“In order to comply with the order, [the Department of Motor Vehicles] needed about a year to implement the change,” the department said in a statement Thursday. “Time was required to study state laws, update computer systems, work with business partners such as law enforcement and courts, and change administrative rules.”
Though Oregon is the first to do this in the United States, California may soon follow with a similar policy.