More than 250 Oregon residents mark 'X' gender on licenses
EUGENE, Ore. (AP/WKRC) - An Oregon rule change allowing people who don't identify with their gender to instead mark "X'' on their driver's licenses or state ID cards has been used by more than 250 people since the change enacted on July 3.
The Register-Guard reported Friday that the Oregon Transportation Commission approved the rule change.
It simplifies the process for people who in the past have had to go through tedious court procedures to change their gender on their licenses.
The biggest concern presented in the past was that a non-binary option could make it difficult for police to correctly identify someone.
"There're transgender people and there has always been," Basic Rights Oregon Co-Executive Director Nancy Haque told KATU. "It's just that we're at a point in society where we are recognizing the rights of transgender people."
Oregon residents can go into any state motor vehicles office during business hours to obtain the "X'' designation.
The District of Columbia implemented the same option on June 26 and is the only other place in the U.S. where the designation is available.
Other cultures and other countries that recognize non-binary genders include India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand and Nepal.