California S.B. 179 — The Gender Recognition Act (USA)

On Sunday, October 15, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 179, known as the Gender Recognition Act, into law. The new law creates a new “gender-neutral, non-binary” category for state-issued identification documents in addition to “male and female,” and “makes it easier for transgender, intersex, and non-binary people to get official documentation that accurately reflect their gender identity.” Non-binary is defined as “an umbrella term for people with gender identities that fall somewhere outside of the traditional conceptions of strictly either female or male.” The law also removes the requirement that an individual appear in court or obtain verification from a physician in order to petition the state for updated identifying documents. California is the second state, following Oregon, and the District of Columbia, to allow individuals to “legally recognize a nonbinary gender.”

CA Bill 179 (USA) — Gender Identity Watch

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Calif. Gov. signs non-binary gender ID bill — Windy City Times