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Oregon becomes first state to offer non-binary driver’s licenses!

Oregon becomes first state to offer non-binary driver’s licenses!

As reported in Time, Oregon has become the first state to offer a non-binary gender option on driver’s licenses. Effective July 1st, residents will be able to select an “X”, representing “not specified”, instead of an M or F as their gender—with no doctor’s verification needed!

According to reports, those speaking in favor of adding the third option outweighed those speaking against it at public hearings held regarding the decision, which was finalized by Oregon’s transportation commission. Hurray for Oregon for recognizing that everyone should be allowed accurate gender representation, and that not everyone’s gender is male or female/man or woman! Big thanks also to Jamie Shupe for initiating this!

http://time.com/4820930/nonbinary-gender-marker-oregon-drivers-license/

Intersex Memoir Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

Intersex Memoir Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

  “[A] poignant and powerful story.” – The Washington Post “Viloria does us the even greater service (it’s more of a gift, really) of showing us what it means to live not just as both a man and a woman but also as a third gender that eventually emerges as the right one.” — The… Continue Reading

E.D. Hida Viloria quoted in People Magazine

E.D. Hida Viloria quoted in People Magazine

Today, People Magazine quotes our founding director Hida Viloria about the recent historic development in NYC! Last week we shared the great news that NYC had issued a groundbreaking intersex birth certificate—to the fantastic Sara Kelly Keenan, who is also the first non-binary Californian— and we are grateful for all the media coverage which has… Continue Reading

NBCNews.com covers NYC’s Intersex Birth Certificate & Zzyym’s Passport Lawsuit

NBCNews.com covers NYC’s Intersex Birth Certificate & Zzyym’s Passport Lawsuit

Great piece in NBCNews.com of the recent issuing of Sara Kelly Keenan’s “intersex” birth certificate, featuring coverage of our own Dana Zzyym’s historic passport lawsuit for non binary intersex gender recognition, and Jamie Shupe’s non binary gender recognition in Oregon. “Not all intersex people will choose to identify legally as intersex,” Keenan told NBC Out,… Continue Reading

Victory for Intersex Plaintiff Dana Zzyym & All Non-Binary People!

Victory for Intersex Plaintiff Dana Zzyym & All Non-Binary People!

Earlier today, Lambda Legal–who are representing our Associate Director Dana Zzyym in their historic U.S. lawsuit for accurate gender recognition on their passport–issued an update in the case titled, “Victory for Intersex Plaintiff”. From the press release: “Lambda Legal is urging the State Department to issue accurate passports for non-binary people! This comes after a… Continue Reading

Lambda Legal Says: State Dept Got it Wrong, Intersex Citizen Dana Zzyym Deserves a Non-Binary Passport!

Lambda Legal Says: State Dept Got it Wrong, Intersex Citizen Dana Zzyym Deserves a Non-Binary Passport!

*** For Immediate Release, from Lambda Legal *** State Sept Got It Wrong in Denying Passport to Intersex Citizen, Lambda Legal Tells Court “Dana was denied a passport, an essential identity document, and in effect is under nationwide house arrest just for being honest…. This country is better than that.” (Denver, CO, July 20, 2016) – Lambda Legal… Continue Reading

Lambda Legal Blasts State Dept in Zzyym’s Gender Recognition Lawsuit

Last Intersex Awareness Day, 2015, our Associate Director Dana Zzyym, who uses they/them/their pronouns, and Lambda Legal, the country’s largest, oldest LGBT civil rights organization, announced that they were suing the U.S. Department of State for denying Zzyym a passport that accurately reflects their sex and gender. Today, Lambda Legal staff attorneys urged the U.S. District Court… Continue Reading

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