'Non-binary' could become 3rd gender option on Oregon driver's license application

Oregon is considering adding a third gender, "non-binary," to its driver's license application. Eugene held a public hearing to discuss the topic Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (KVAL)

EUGENE, Ore. (KVAL) – The Department of Motor Vehicles is considering adding another gender option on Oregon’s driver’s license application.

“Non-binary gender” could be the third option for those who don’t identify as male or female. The option would appear as an “X” in the application.

The DMV heard numerous testimonies at a forum Tuesday in Eugene. Many in the audience supported the idea.

Oblio Stroyman of Transponder is in favor of the change and believes the new designation is a step in the right direction for the state.

“It's really uncomfortable to feel seen and not heard like you do in many facets of life, so to have that affirmed, not only by people around you or yourself, but by the state, is huge,” Stroyman said.

DMV employees say they’ve had very little negative feedback on the proposal.

The biggest concern presented was that a non-binary option could make it difficult for police to correctly identify someone.

The next public hearing will be held in Portland on May 10. The last day to submit public comment is May 12.

The change could be made as early as June.

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