Gender non-binary residents of the District of Columbia are gaining more recognition.

The District of Columbia Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs confirmed a third gender identifier for resident’s gender designation at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The gender neutral option will be identified by an “X” on the driver license and identification card.

This addition will apply to all DC DMV documents. This includes learner permits, driver records and more.

According to a press release, this decision was a part of the DMV’s FY17 Performance Plan.

Last week, Oregon became the first state in the United States to open up a third gender neutral option on state IDs — after a unanimous decision.

Co-Director of LGBTQ advocacy group Basic Rights Oregon  Amy Herzfeld-Copple told PBS, “I think this will make a real difference in people’s lives, and I think it is a great step for removing even more barriers.”

California’s House of Representatives is currently considering the passage of SB 179, set to allow non-binary identification on the state’s driver's licenses.

 

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