In the fight for gender identification, Oregon recently became a champion when a Multnomah County Court judge allowed Jamie Shupe to become the first legally non-binary person in the U.S., identifying with a gender that is neither male or female.
The development has sparked a chain reaction from others who have sought similar gender identifications from agencies, like the Department of Motor Vehicles, who record gender during licensing. The Oregon DMV will be offering a non-binary gender option as soon as this summer.
“People have always existed outside of gender norms and outside of the binary but we have rendered them invisible for so long,” says Heather Betz, supervising attorney for the LGBT Law Project.
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