Here We Go: People Can Now Choose a Third Gender in New York City and California

NEW YORK (BP) — People who don’t believe they’re either male or female can now choose a third gender in New York City and California, joining six other states and Washington, D.C., that allow the option.

Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington State and Washington, D.C. allow a non-binary gender option, often designated by X on legal documents including driver’s licenses and birth certificates.

Gender X becomes legal in New Jersey in February, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality’s tracking site. Vermont is in the process of making the change, and state officials pledged in January 2018 to have the option in place by July of this year.

In Arkansas, a little-known option has allowed non-binary designations on documents since 2010, HuffPost reported in October 2018. The designation is becoming more widespread following its adoption by Oregon and Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2017, with legislation reintroduced in New York State this month. Germany became the first European nation to allow gender X in December 2018, the German government announced.

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Source: Baptist Press