Thanks for publishing my photo, @TheInkLine in Oregon allows third gender option – (Except that Washington, DC is actually the first)

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Thanks for publishing my photo, Inkline (@TheInkline). This photograph is one of the most viewed in my collection, as of this date, over 22,000 times. It seems to resonate that well. And it’s scientifically accurate to boot.

Washington, DC is actually the first

By the way….the story by the Inkline and The Guardian which it references is inaccurate. Washington, DC is actually going first, as the first jurisdiction in the United States. Since Washington, DC is not a State (yet), their words are technically correct, but Oregon is not the first license issuing authority.

On June 26, 2017, the District of Columbia will become the first jurisdiction include a gender-neutral marker on its driver’s licenses and identification cards.Washington, D.C. to include gender-neutral markers on identification and drivers’ licenses

First or second ultimately doesn’t matter. Both Oregon and Washington, DC are helping the world learn to love better.

The experience of this country still shows, in this century it’s “As Washington, DC goes, so goes the nation.” 🙂

My Insurance Card Too

In writing this post, I checked my brand new insurance card, which is digital, not physical. At the time I took the photograph above (2013) I made a request to the team creating this innovation that gender marker not be included, and it’s not there. Success. There’s not relevant clinical need for a gender marker to be on an insurance card, especially in an integrated, technologically enabled top performing health system (guess which one).

The new legislation is a major civil rights win for non-binary members of the state.

Source: Oregon allows third gender option – INKLINE

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Ted Eytan, MD
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