Friday, January 5, 2018

Non-Binary Options Added to Birth Certificates in Washington State

I got an email about this yesterday! Washington State birth certificates can now be filled out with an X in the gender section, which is defined as "a gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified."

Any trans or non-binary person in the state can now have their birth certificate changed so that it at least doesn't say "male" or "female." Having to represent one of a huge number of alternate genders as an X maybe isn't the best solution, but it's a step. I don't know why you can't just put your actual gender on your birth certificate. It shouldn't be male, female, or "other."

It also sounds like you can only choose the X if you're amending the certificate? Like you can't mark "X" for your baby even though it's impossible to tell what gender a newborn is? But, you know, steps.

This rule takes effect on January 27th.

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