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Americans Will Now Be Able To Choose “X” As A Gender On Their Passports

HUGE exciting win today related to some of our cases! For the first time ever, the federal government will allow nonbinary and intersex people to obtain IDs and passports with an “X” gender marker instead of an “M” or “F.” Our work on this issue in Oregon helped build the scaffolding that was used to make this happen and we are so excited.

Last year around this time we were celebrating the Court of Appeals victory in In the Matter of Jones David Hollister (2020). In Hollister, our firm represented Jones Hollister— Hollister’s gender is nonbinary, but their petition for a nonbinary gender marker was denied by Lane County Circuit Court in 2019. In that case, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed the lower court holding and held the Oregon’s statute governing petitions for a legal change of sex requires that courts granting a new sex designation must affirm the petitioner’s gender identity whether that is male, female, or nonbinary.

It is so gratifying to see our piece be used to make national and ultimately international policy changes. It is truly monumental!

Read the full article here.

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