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Oregon Adds a Third Gender Option to Driver’s Licenses

Hey, more good news! If you want to obtain a driver’s license in Oregon, you are no longer constrained by having to self-identify your gender on the basis of just male or female.
There is now a third option – you can be the gender “X.”

That’s right; “X.”


In Oregon, you can now be male, female, or X. Although other states are in various stages of moving in this general direction, Oregon is now the first one in U.S. history to offer a third gender option on official, government-issued identity documents.

As reported by KGW.com, one person, Jamie Shupe, is particularly pleased to see this. They (that’s apparently the correct pronoun to use when identifying “non-binary,” “intersex,” or “agender” persons) were actually the first individual in the nation to legally change their gender to “non-binary,” and had been waiting with great anticipation to see this change with respect to driver’s licenses come to pass.

“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 said. “But in the end, the huge legal and non-binary civil rights battle that I expected to unfold going into this never came to pass; simply because this was always the right thing to do all along.”

As mentioned, other states are weighing the same sorts of changes, and it appears California might be next. Senate Bill 179, which would create a new gender category for licenses, made it through the Senate just fine, and is next up for a vote in the House.

KGW.com notes that “soon, most of the West Coast could boast non-binary IDs.”

There’s a shocker.

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large