California Recognizes Third Gender
This past Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Gender Recognition Act, which will allow residents to choose between a third option other than male or female when identifying gender on official documents. California residents will be able to identify as nonbinary, or intersex, on birth certificates and driver’s licenses without having a physician’s sworn statement that they are undergoing gender reassignment procedures, and will also be able to get these official documents re-issued to them with their correct gender identification. While states like Washington D.C. and Oregon allow a third gender option for driver’s licenses, California is the first state to have this option available for birth certificates. The bill will take effect starting in January 2019.