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Michigan adds nonbinary option to driver licenses

By: - November 5, 2021 6:14 am

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Michigan will soon offer driver licenses and identification cards with a nonbinary gender marker of “X,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced this week.

Beginning Wednesday, residents will no longer be limited to selecting either male or female on their IDs. She said in January this was under consideration.

“I am proud to support Michiganders across the state who for many years have called on the Department of State to provide a non-binary sex marker on their ID that matches their lived reality,” Benson said in a statement Tuesday. “We have been working toward this goal since 2019, when we first removed the barriers for residents to change their sex marker in order to help protect their safety and accurately reflect their identity.”

In 2019, Benson reinstated a policy that enabled residents to change their sex on IDs without providing medical or legal documentation.

More than two dozen states have amended their laws to offer an X gender designation on IDs. LGBTQ activists have been urging states to add the new gender marker for people who don’t identify as male or female.

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Steve Neavling
Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist with the Detroit Metro Times. He operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker, Neavling was a five-year veteran of the Detroit Free Press, covering Detroit’s city hall.