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Maine to offer nonbinary gender option on driver’s licenses

Maine will start offering driver’s licenses and IDs with a third, nonbinary gender option.

The state’s bureau of motor vehicles announced on Monday that it will begin issuing stickers for IDs or licenses stating “Gender has been changed to X – Non-binary” for those who request them.

The state’s licenses and IDs will feature an “M,” “F” or “X” gender option after a redesign in 2019.

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The bureau added the new option after a complaint was filed with the Maine Human Rights Commission on behalf of a resident who was unable to receive a state license with a nonbinary gender marker, according to the Portland Press Herald.

“Words cannot adequately express the relief I feel, and how happy I am, that my ID will now reflect such an integral part of my identity and who I am,” the resident, Ian-Meredythe Dehne Lindsey, said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

Maine is now the fourth place to offer the nonbinary gender option for licenses, joining California, Oregon and D.C.

Tags Maine; non-binary gender; drivers licenses

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