Michigan Democrats Hope To add Non-Binary option To IDs

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Credit: Benson for Secretary of State

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says she hopes to add a non-binary option to driver’s licenses and other state-issued IDs for gender nonconforming individuals, according to Michigan Public Radio.

The third option of “X” on state-issued IDs would also benefits transgender and intersex individuals, a step 14 other states have already taken. Benson’s representatives told Michigan Public Radio that if the third option is approved, it would take time for a “technology overhaul.”

“This would remove having to designate or pick one of the two options and go to a gender neutral option of ‘X.’ It’s saying that all Michiganders, including members of the transgender community, deserve to live with dignity and respect,” Erin Knott, executive director of Equality Michigan told Michigan Public Radio.