Oregon residents can now legally change their gender to “nonbinary,” according to a circuit court ruling. Nonbinary refers to individuals who identify with any gender identity, and The Beaver State is the first in the nation to recognize it.
An umbrella term for anyone who does not identify as just male or just female, nonbinary, for the first time in US history, is being legally recognized as a gender.
Everything was put in motion by Jamie Shupe, an Army vet who has been transitioning gender since 2013, the Daily Dotreported.
A petition filed by Shupe in late April included two letters from their doctors that state their gender should be nonbinary. Shupe, who prefers not to use gender pronouns, first petitioned to change their gender from male to female.