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California First State To Allow Nonbinary Gender Mark


Last updated 10/16/2017 at 11:30pm

California became the first state to allow a nonbinary gender marker on birth certificates, driver licenses, and other state-issued identification, Oct. 15, when Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation backed by San Diego District 39 Senator Toni Atkins.

California is now also the second state in the nation to allow residents to be identified by a gender marker other than "F" or "M" on their driver license.

Atkins introduced the bill, SB 179, also known as the Gender Recognition Act, earlier this year.

Nonbinary means the person does not designate male or female as a gender.

Oregon and the District of Columbia recently issued the gender-neutral option on their driver’s licenses.

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