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

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

Soon, the people of OR will be allowed to choose between M (Male), F (Female), and X (non-specified) when selecting a gender for their driver's license and state identifcation cards.

In September, Keenan was able to change her New York City-issued birth certificate.

A 2015 survey of more than 27,000 transgender people across all 50 states found that 68 percent of respondents didn't have an ID reflecting their preferred name or gender.

California is also considering a similar policy change.

The DMV said the new rule, which the commission passed unanimously, came about after a Multnomah County judge in June 2016 allowed Jamie Shupe, a Portland resident, to legally change to "non-binary" gender.

An employee of the advocacy group Basic Rights Oregon hands out stickers during an Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle department public hearing on May 10.

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The license decision comes a year after a judge in OR ruled, in what legal experts believe is the first such decision in the USA, that a transgender person can legally change their sex to nonbinary, allowing a change from female to nonbinary by 52-year-old Jamie Shupe.

'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.

The change approved by the state Transportation Commission allows Oregonians to select "X" for "not specified" as their gender, as it appears on state IDs, driver licenses and driver permits. It's for people who don't want to choose male or female. It's awaiting a vote in the House. Things like following gendered dress codes for work, choosing whether or not to wear a shirt in public settings, and of course, issues involving using the bathroom, can be avoided if individuals are allowed to show their third-gender ID option. Non-binary identities have been common throughout history and around the world.

"It doesn't conflict with the REAL ID Act, which doesn't specify that it has to say male or female".

House said that whenever a state updates or changes its driver's licenses, it has to follow a notification procedure that includes federal agencies, banks, other states and so on. That was considered a first in USA history.

Next on the list: passports. "The journey and the fight isn't over yet".

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