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Friday, June 16, 2017

Oregon introduces third Gender Marker "X" driver's licenses



Oregon has become the first U. S. state to allow residents to be identified as neither male nor female on state driver's licenses.

Under a policy unanimously adopted on Thursday by the Oregon Transportation Commission, residents can choose to have an "X," for non-specified, displayed on their driver's license or identification cards rather than an "M" for male or "F" for female.

The decision in Oregon comes a year after a Portland circuit court judge granted a request by Shupe to change gender from female to a third, nongender option.

That 2016 ruling prompted state officials to examine how to allow a third option in the state's computer systems and how such a change would interact with the state's gender laws.

During public hearings on the change, most comments were in favor, according to a summary by DMV officials.

A handful of people questioned the need for the third option and expressed concern that the change would complicate police officers' efforts to identify people.

Having the third option on legal documentation can help reduce discrimination and raise awareness of "the spectrum of gender identity," said Diane Goodwin, spokeswoman for Basic Rights Oregon, an advocacy group that campaigned for the "X" option.

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