State considers third gender option on birth certificates

State considers third gender option on birth certificates

State considers third gender option on birth certificates

The state Department of Health will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposal to add a third gender designation to birth certificates in the state.

The hearing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on December 5 at Point Plaza East located at 310 Israel Road in Tumwater. The proposed rule includes requirements for individuals to request a change to the sex designation on their birth certificates.

Washington residents can submit their written comments here.

OR was the first state to allow people to select a gender-neutral license, followed by California, which also allows for non-binary birth certificates.

Currently, birth certificates only have two options for sex: male and female.

Seth Kirby is the Executive Director at Oasis Youth Center in Tacoma.

"I think there is a way it can be done that is smooth and respectful, and further acknowledges who people are", said Kirby.

USA Today reports OR began offering the gender-neutral "X" option earlier this year, as did the District of Columbia. California will begin to do the same in the coming year.

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