Oregon court lets individual change official sex to ‘non-binary’

Oregon court lets individual change official sex to ‘non-binary’

[Ed. – The headline calls this changing the person’s sex “from female to non-binary.”  But the individual in question was born male, and describes himself as being “assigned” the sex of male due to “male biology.”]

An Oregon judge ruled Friday that a transgender person can legally change their sex to “non-binary” rather than male or female in what legal experts believe is a first in the United States.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Hehn legally changed 52-year-old Jamie Shupe‘s sex from “female” to non-binary. …

Shupe, an Army veteran who retired in 2000 a sergeant first class, began transitioning in 2013 while living in Pittsburg. Shupe knew then that neither male nor female fit. Shupe chose “Jamie” as a new first name primarily because it is a gender-neutral name. Shupe prefers to be called “Jamie,” rather than by a pronoun.

“I was assigned male at birth due to biology,” Shupe said. “I’m stuck with that for life. My gender identity is definitely feminine. My gender identity has never been male, but I feel like I have to own up to my male biology. Being non-binary allows me to do that. I’m a mixture of both. I consider myself as a third sex.”

But female or male were the only legal options Shupe saw then. Shupe chose female, but female never felt right. …

Officials at the national Transgender Law Center said they are unaware of any similar court victories in the United States.

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