The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has started issuing identification documents with gender-neutral X markers.
“The new gender neutral identifier offers gender non-binary District residents a gender designation that affirms who they are”, said Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs Sheila Alexander-Reid. Sakura was in line at 4:45 a.m.
“We are thrilled that the District of Columbia is the first jurisdiction in the Nation to issue gender-neutral driver’s licenses and IDs”.
Residents had previously been given only male and female as choices for gender identifier.
According to CNN, the risk of harassment and discrimination is greatly reduced when individuals are allowed to self-identify.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the change last week, after a similar policy from the state of Oregon. Now, Washington, D.C. DMVs also feature a “self-attestation form”, in which residents can self-attest to their gender identity in order to change their ID marker. Bower said the new option would have an immediate positive impact the transgender community in the city.
There is no estimate of how many people may opt for the X, but District officials say they are alerting federal and state agencies nationwide that the license is legitimate.
“This new X gender marker is really important for people like me because it means that we are going to get licenses that are more accurate to who we are”, said NCTE Media Relations Manager Jay Wu. Since then, Ehret was involved in discussions with the DMV about the creation of a gender-neutral identification option and how to implement it.
“Before today I was walking around with an inaccurate gender marker”.