Last updated on: 4/3/2020 9:00:03 AM PST
Should Federal and State Governments Allow Nonbinary and Transgender People to Choose the Gender That Matches Their Identity (Including a Third Gender Option) for Government Documents?
At least 16 states and DC offer a third gender option on driver's licenses and 10 states allow a third gender option for birth certificates. People are able to choose "X" in addition to female and male.
According to the Movement Advancement Project, benefits to transgender and nonbinary people include "access to public spaces and resources, as well as dramatically reducing the risk they will face violence, discrimination, or harassment."
Opponents of the third gender option say that the change causes confusion, there are only two genders, and everyone should have their birth sex as their identifying gender on all government documents.
Source: Movement Advancement Project, "Identity Document Laws and Policies," lgbtmap.org, Mar. 23, 2020
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