Will Non-Binary Gender Markers Go Nationwide? — My Latest for INTO

Jessica Porten of Rewire recently wrote: “The future is not female; it’s non-binary.” Perhaps she’s right, given the recent news about non-binary gender markers in Colorado and DC schools adding non-binary gender options on enrollment forms. Non-binary people — people who do not identify as either men or women — are getting more recognition and acknowledgment, both within and outside of the LGBTQ community.

Legal recognition of non-binary and intersex people has surprisingly come a long way since Jamie Shupe became the first legally recognized non-binary person in the U.S. in June 2016. Now there are five states — Arkansas, Oregon, California, Maine, and Minnesota — that offer non-binary gender markers on driver’s licenses and state IDs, along with the District of Columbia.

But there are questions about the future. Will non-binary gender markers go nationwide? What are the legal barriers preventing that from happening? What about people who think there shouldn’t be any gender markers at all?

Read the rest here.


  1. Jazzlet says

    I sometimes take part in on-line polling run by Ipsos-Mori in return for a small reward – I mostly do it because I hope my opinions screw up their polls just a bit. Anyway, I did one yesterday and for the first time was given not only ‘male’ or ‘female’ which are the usual default, not only ‘other’ which turns up occasionally, but both ‘bisexual’ and ‘other – please list’ as options. It was a poll about a new wash-in hair dye, exactly the kind of product I like to do as I am happily going grey, so my answers are definitely not in favour of a product theat will ‘cover the grey’. Anyway I thought it was interesting, and for reference I’m in the UK.

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