Nonbinary Gender Designation Added to Pennsylvania Driver’s Licenses

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PA driver’s licenses and photo identification cards now include the option to select a nonbinary gender designation, according to the state Department of Transportation. Image via PennDOT.

Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and photo identification cards now include the option to select a nonbinary gender designation, according to the state Department of Transportation, writes Ellie Silverman for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In addition to “M” for male and “F” for female, the available gender designation options now include “X” for nonbinary. There is no fee for the change on a noncommercial driver’s license.

According to the Movement Advancement Project, an LGBTQ policy tracker, Pennsylvania has joined more than a dozen states that provide this option on their ID cards.

This was prompted by a national movement of teenagers and young adults who are advocating for the use of gender-neutral pronouns, such as “they/them,” and formal recognition of their gender identity on official IDs.

“Our identity documents are critical to how we navigate the world, said Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian, “and having an affirming and accurate ID is critical for access to employment, health care, housing, and so much more. Offering equitable and inclusive services for all Pennsylvanians is central to PennDot’s mission, and I’m proud that we’re taking this step.”

Read more about the nonbinary gender designation at The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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