Non-binary people are now legally recognized in Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown (L) looks on during a press conference in Roseburg, Oregon on October 2, 2015. Ten people have been confirmed dead in a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College by a an unconfirmed gunman who used protective clothing and multiple weapons, all of which were purchased legally. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

The state will now allow people to choose a third gender on their IDs which now include the X category alongside traditional M and F. The move, which is set to go into effect on July 1 is considered to be a big win for the whole non-binary community. “This change in ID is a huge piece of validation for me,” J Gibbons, a non-binary, transgender Portland resident told The Guardian. They are so excited about such changes (they say that the word ‘excited’ is not enough to embrace the whole spectrum of their emotions), because their native state finally recognizes them the way they are. Governor Kate Brown, who is out as bi and who signed the bill into law, made history last year when she became the first out LGB person to win election as governor of a US state. Oregon is not the only US state moving to non-binary recognition. Similar law is also considered in California.


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