Thursday, May 25, 2017

Would You Take The Third Options?

Oregon is thinking about creating a third gender on their driver’s license…
Oregon moves toward allowing third gender option on drivers' licenses
By Terray Sylvester
May 11, 2017

Oregonians may soon be able to identify themselves as neither male nor female as Oregon works toward becoming the first U.S. state to allow a third gender option on its drivers' licenses and state identification cards.

Last June, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Hehn granted a request by Army veteran Jamie Shupe, who has been transitioning since 2013, to change the retired sergeant's gender from female to a third, nongender option. It was believed to be the first decision of its kind in the United States.

"I deserve the right to properly classify my identity here on the homeland," Shupe said in an email to Reuters on Tuesday.

The rights of transgender people along with public policy involving gender have become polarizing issues across the United States, most notably in several states, including North Carolina, which have tried to address the use of public bathrooms.

Since Shupe's request was granted, Oregon's Department of Motor Vehicles has been researching the state's gender laws and determining how to incorporate the third option into state computer systems, DMV spokesman David House said.

"It was new territory for everybody," House told Reuters on Tuesday, noting that no other state offers a third gender choice.
The first thing that comes to mind is how the other states would handle somebody with the third gender on their driver’s license, especially states like Texas and North Carolina.

The other thing that I thought is that this would open the trans person to discrimination such as when you have to show your ID at a bar or when you are looking for a job.

What are your thoughts?


  1. Maybe we should just drop the gender marker altogether. I think it's there only for the government to be able to classify us, anyway. If we believe that gender is fluid, then any marker on a license cannot be a reliable indicator.

  2. I agree,with photo IDs there is no need to have the gender marker.