New Petition Seeks to ‘Recognize Non-Binary Genders’

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A new petition on the “We the People” section of the WhiteHouse.gov is asking the government to recognize non-binary genders.

The petition reads:

Legal documents in the United States only recognize "male" and "female" as genders, leaving anyone who does not identify as one of these two genders with no option. Australia and New Zealand both allow an X in place of an M or an F on passports for this purpose, and the UK recognizes 'Mx' (pronounced "Mix") as a gender-neutral title.

This petition asks the Obama administration to legally recognize genders outside of the male-female binary, and provide an option for these genders on all legal documents and records.

The petition has thus far garnered close to 15,000 signatories. It needs 100,000 signatures by April 2 in order to receive an official response from the White House.

We the People is a section of whitehouse.gov and was launched in September of 2011. Any petition that meets a certain threshold of signatures gets an official response from the White House. That threshold started at 5,000, but because of its popularity, the threshold has been bumped up twice, first to 25,000 and more recently in January it was moved to 100,000. A petition first must get 150 signatures before it becomes publicly searchable on WhiteHouse.gov. Jason Parsley


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