Protecting Intersex, Genderqueer, and other non-binary persons' right to self identify
After Sara Kelly Keenan's success in Santa Cruz county and three more wins -- one each in San Francisco, Fresno, and San Diego counties -- NBC News reports on our clients David, Xin, and Char stating that "Court Rulings Raise Number of Legally Non-Binary Californians to Seven."
On December 1, 2016 NY vital records notified IGRP Advisory Committee member Sara Keenan, the first Californian to be granted a non-binary gender by court order, that they are amending her birth certificate to read "Intersex," which Sara says "is a dream come true in that it acknowledges scientific reality and says society is ready to accept that people like me exist."
In other news: Jamie Shupe, the first person nationally declared by court order to be non-binary, has been granted a new birth certificate by Washington, DC.
In Time Magazine article "Judge: Gender Laws Are at Odds With Science" California judge Noël Wise discusses the prevalence of intersex people and people with non-binary gender and their legal impact on "bathroom bills" such as HB2 and cases such as Gavin Grimm's.
Another non-binary win in Oregon: First Non-Binary Designation Ruling In Corvallis
SB-179 passed out of Senate Appropriations committee. DMV roll-out postponed to 1/1/2019. Video of the committee meeting.
Over fourteen non-binary people, family members, and other supporters attended an SB-179 Lobby Day and met with 10 of the 13 senators on the T&H committee, and dozens more joined us at the hearing where Carly Mitchell and Sara Keenan spoke about their experiences as intersex and genderqueer people and the need for this bill to ensure non-binary identification is available in California.
News coverage included:
CBS Evening News: California considers third gender option for state documents (video)
Capitol Radio: Bill would allow third gender on birth certificates, drivers licenses (audio)
PBS News: Bill would allow third gender birth certificates (print)
Discussion of SB-179 in CA Senate Transportation & Housing Committee hearing: Youtube (video)
Following a hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday 2/24/2017 the number of legally non-binary people that we know of in California is up to nine.
Meanwhile SB-179, a bill which would require California to recognize non-binary gender, is in committee and "may be acted upon on or after February 24." IGRP is working behind the scenes to make sure the bill is fully inclusive of all non-binary people, including those who are born intersex.
The Guardian articles on the first legally non-binary person in
the U.S. - Jamie Shupe:
Once again non-binary people, family members, and other supporters met with senators, this time on the Judiciary committee, and Carly Mitchell and Sara Keenan spoke at the committee hearing the need for SB-179. News coverage included:
Transportation & Housing Committee video time code: SB 179 at 1:35:00, Sara's testimony at 1:38:30, Final vote:5-1 with one abstention.
Washington, D.C. will become the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to offer a driver’s license reading
“X,” instead of “M” or “F” starting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Read PBS NewsHour article
about D.C. licenses. Less than a week later, starting on Monday, July 3, 2017, Oregon residents will also have the option to have the "X" gender designation. Read NBC News article about Oregon. California, with its more involved legislative process, will have nonbinary IDs by January 1, 2019 if the current bill language of SB-179 passes and is signed by the Governor. Check out the Current Bill Language or Read San Francisco Examiner article. New York is following close behind with its own legislation to provide 3 options on ID cards: M, F, and X. Read NBCNews.
NPR radio affiliate KAZU ran a piece this morning on the 3rd gender option, Sara Kelly Keenan, IGRP, and SB-179. * The number of non-binary people in the US is over a dozen, two-thirds of whom are IGRP clients. * IGRP is now training organizations like the Gender Health Center to assist their community members with non-binary gender change paperwork. * IGRP is now fiscally sponsored by The Hub for Direct Community Action, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
Huffington Post article on Non-Binary:
More March news:
CBS News 3/27/17: The type of transgender you haven't heard of (video)
Smithsonian 3/27/17: Gender-Neutral Pronoun “They” Adopted by Associated Press
Advocate 3/26/17: Judge Grants Petition for Portland Person to Become 'Agender'
Pink News 3/25/17: This new children’s show by Julie Andrews features a non-binary character
LGBTQ Nation 3/24/17: Person in Oregon now legally without gender
CBS News 3/23/17: Non-binary people - where identity documents fail (video)
Advocate 3/21/17: Asia Kate Dillon Explains Gender-Nonbinary to Ellen (article & video)
Rolling Stone 3/20/17: Intersex Activist and Writer Hida Viloria on Being 'Born Both'
IGRP members Star Hagen-Esquerra and Sara Kelly Keenan recognized as first non-binary minor and adult in CA in Buzzfeed article which may be the most thoughtful, thorough, and accurate article to date on non-binary identities and legal issues: California Is Ready To Recognize A Third Gender. Is The Rest Of The Country? Our thanks to Jessica Testa of Buzzfeed for her excellent news coverage!
"Nation's First Known Intersex Birth Certificate Issued in NYC" features IGRP member Sara Keenan as main headline on NBC News and is picked up by media all over the world. Read more:
NBCnews.com | CNN.com | Daily Mail (UK) | Washington Times | NY Mag | Independent (UK) | The News Recorder | Metro (UK) | Fox News | Cosmopolitan | US News & World Report | AOL News | PBS NewsHour | ...and many more!!!
Stay tuned for NPR Radio and other broadcasts expected in upcoming days.