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California Is the First State to Legally Recognize Nonbinary People

California Is the First State to Legally Recognize Nonbinary People

Governor Jerry Brown signed the Gender Recognition Act, allowing an "X" gender option.

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California became the first state to legally recognize a third gender yesterday when Governor Jerry Brown signed the Gender Recognition Act

Residents can choose between Male (M), Female (F), and a nonbinary third option (X) on all identity documents issued by the state, including driver's licenses, death certificates, and birth certificates.

Legally modifying one's gender identity will also be much easier. Californians who wish to change their gender on documents no longer have to appear in court or present a doctor's sworn statement. Individuals under 18 can also apply for the third gender option.

"I want to thank Governor Brown for recognizing how difficult it can be for our transgender, nonbinary, and intersex family members, friends, and neighbors when they don’t have an ID that matches their gender presentation," said state senator and bill co-author Toni Atkins. "The Gender Recognition Act will eliminate unnecessary stress and anxiety for many Californians, and it exemplifies the leadership role that our state continues to take in LGBTQ civil rights."

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Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!