#1 Jamie Shupe becomes first legally non-binary person in the US by Cincinnatus 16.06.2016 16:18


Definitely weird and wacky in a sane world, but this is a reality in the United States of America, 2016.

When an Oregon judge declared Jamie Shupe could legally shed the designation of male or female, Shupe felt free.

“I have my life back,” Shupe said. “I’m not a male. I’m not a female.”

Shupe appears to be the first person in the United States who has successfully petitioned for a non-binary gender classification, according to Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director for Lambda Legal, a New York-based gay rights organization.

“Classic gender markers don’t fit everybody,” Gorenberg said, calling the petition significant for helping people “exist without labels that don’t accurately describe them”.


Keeping Portland weird.

#2 RE: Jamie Shupe becomes first legally non-binary person in the US by Cincinnatus 23.06.2016 13:42


How can this be in the second decade of the 21st century? It's as if we haven't grown out of our stereotypical views of gender classifications at all.

An Oregon resident who has become the first person in the United States to legally be designated as non-binary can't get a driver's license with that sex designation.


"Everything that was going on was wrong... The way I like to describe my situation is, I picture that I had a black father and a white mother. And I was the equivalent of a mixed race child. So if we take out the word race and instead change it with sex characteristics, that's who I am. I am someone who was born with mixed sex characteristics. To classify me as solely male or solely female was an injustice," Shupe explained.

As the Statesman Journal first reported, the Oregon DMV recently told Shupe it could be months, even years, until they can get a license not specifying a sex.

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Shupe said getting a license without male or female specificity is a validation of who they are.

"This is the very first time in my life everybody has recognized, this is who Jamie is. It's very important for my well-being," Shupe said.

David House with the Oregon DMV told KATU News they only found out about the non-binary designation after the court already approved it.

"We don't have a system for a third gender and we don't have the capacity or the capability to add that today," House said.

House said it may take going to the legislature to change any laws that designate what's included on driver's licenses, plus coordinating any computer changes so that law enforcement computers don't crash when officers search a license with new designation.


Emphasis added. Note how he refers to himself in the non-gender plural.

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