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

OR became the first state in the union to allow a third gender option for non-binary people who don't identify as a man or woman.

A dozen people expressed opposition, with one person calling the third-gender driver's licences "political correctness gone haywire".

California is also considering a similar policy change.

For those who don't know, a non-binary gender means an individual does not identify with either the "male" or "female" label.

"The "X" is in use internationally, and in fact it's a standard recommended by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators", said David House, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. The move will make the state the first in the U.S.to legally recognize the identifier, and will be a triumphant step forward for the non-binary and trans community. "I consider myself as a third sex".

Under the new rule approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission, Oregonians who select the new option will have an X appear instead of M for male or F for female on the cards.

While new to the United States, non-binary gender markers are not new-other cultures and other countries have recognized non-binary genders for many years, including Canada, India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal. Drivers can now choose if they're male, female, or x.

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OR is the only U.S. state to allow an unspecified gender, but other countries including Germany, India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand also allow a third gender option. Recently, a bill passed through the California House Senate, which would similarly allow for a third gender-neutral option.

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

It also looks like OR won't be the only state with this nonbinary option for much longer. But no one is quite sure how those documents will be received nationwide. But even so, he said, he's unsure what to expect in the long run.

Passports in the USA don't now recognize the third gender option.

Next on the list: passports.

Although the change did not require action by the state legislature or Gov. Kate Brown, the governor was quick to praise it. The State Department is now reconsidering Zzyym's request. "The journey and the fight isn't over yet".

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