• Michelle Hebert

California passes bill allowing three genders to be on official documents

California’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill that will allow the state’s citizens to have three options for gender on official state documents. Brown signed the bill on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

The three options for gender will be male, female, and non-binary. If a person’s gender identity is non-binary, it means the person does not identify as masculine or feminine. The bill will identify non-binary as an umbrella term for people who do not identify as male or female, the Independent reported.

People will be able to select non-binary when applying for drivers’ licenses, and they will be able to petition the state for a new birth certificate with their gender. Petitioning the state is a right to make a complaint to your government or to seek the assistance of your government without having to fear punishment or counterattacks.

The bill will also make the entire process to change gender identities on official documents easier for people. The requirement that currently makes people go through clinical treatment before making changes to birth certificates will no longer exist, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“The new non-binary designation will be available for California driver’s licenses starting in 2019,” the Los Angeles Times reported. A California state senator, Toni Atkins, the person who carried the bill, stated, “everyone should be able to have IDs that match who they are.”

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