IGRP’s mission is to create legal recognition of people whose sex and/or gender identity are non-binary. Here are some of the specific work we've been doing towards that mission.


IGRP attorneys have represented approximately 2/3rds of the people who obtained non-binary court orders in California prior to the passage of SB-179. Some of those cases are detailed below.


Santa Cruz County

On Monday September 26, 2016 Judge Robert B. Atack in Santa Cruz County Superior Court Dept 5 granted Sara Keenan - an intersex person - a gender change from Female to Non-Binary. Toby Adams of IGRP was there to support and advise Sara, who filed her petition pro per. Sara is the first petitioner in IGRP's current project to support Californians in obtaining court orders for non-binary gender change. Three additional petitioners in San Francisco and one each in Alameda, Santa Clara, and Sacramento counties are in the process of filing petitions for gender change to non-binary. The first non-binary gender in the US was granted to Jamie Shupe in Oregon on June 10, 2016. Sara's is the second in the US. 


San Francisco County

On Friday December 2, 2016 San Francisco County, California accepted petitions for gender change to Non-Binary from three IGRP members: our founding member David Strachan, local queer coffeeshop manager Xin Farrish, and their spouse Char Crawford who is the nibbling of Advisory Committee member Phil Crawford. IGRP Legal Director Toby Adams is representing the petitioners. The three petitions were granted without a hearing on January 16, 2017, as well as a fourth non-binary gender to a self-filing petitioner. 


San Mateo County  
On Monday January 23, 2017 IGRP filed a petition for non-binary gender change for an intersex person in San Mateo county. The petition was granted in March. 

Alameda County


On Tuesday January 24, 2017 IGRP filed petitions for non-binary gender changes for three people, one of whom is intersex, in Alameda county.  IGRP Legal Director Toby Adams is representing the petitioners, Tom, Cory, and Noel. The hearing was held on April 21, 2017 at 11:30am at the Alameda County Superior Court, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94612 in Dept. 24. A fourth IGRP client was added to the April 21st hearing. UPDATE: All four petitions were granted.

IGRP plans to file additional Federal Passport Cases

IGRP attorneys are working on this issue... more details to come.

IGRP plans to file birth certificate cases in New York

IGRP attorneys are working on this issue... more details to come.

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Collaboration with other Organizations:


IGRP is working with InterACT on issues specific to the Intersex community.


Transgender Law Center (TLC)

IGRP is working with TLC by providing speakers and other support on California SB-179, a bill co-sponsored by TLC and EQCA.


Equality California (EQCA)

IGRP is working with EQCA by providing speakers and other support on California SB-179, a bill co-sponsored by TLC and EQCA.


Lambda Legal

IGRP is in communication with Lambda Legal regarding the Dana Zzyym non-binary passport case.


other organizations

IGRP works with organizations, large and small, all over the U.S. that are working on non-binary and intersex rights, including:

National Collaborators: Lambda Legal, InterACT, Transgender Law Center (TLC), Nat’l Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), ACLU

WA Collaborators: Gender Justice League, Ingersoll Gender Center, NCTE, Pride Foundation, TRANSform WA, Trans United, Seattle Non-Binary Collective, Legal Voice, Planned Parenthood, TLC, NARAL WA, Equal Rights WA, Seattle Counseling Svcs, Greater Seattle Bus. Assoc., Gender Odyssey

CA Collaborators: Equality California, TLC

NY Collaborators: Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Legal Services of NYC, NY Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, NY Legal Assistance Group, Empire Justice Center

New England Collaborators: GLAD, MA Transgender Political Coalition

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Our Work on Policy & Legislation:

CA SB-179

IGRP successfully advocated for legislation providing for Non-binary Birth Certificates, Court Orders, and Drivers Licenses in California. 


WA Regulation WAC 246-490-075

IGRP collaborated with state and national organizations to pass non-binary birth certificate regulation in Washington. 


Additional Policy Changes

IGRP is working on legislation and policy changes in a number of jurisdictions throughout the country. See our Resources page for up to date state-by-state advances.

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© 2019 Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project

Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project  is fiscally sponsored by Social Good Fund, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

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