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New York State Licenses Plans To Offer Nonbinary Gender Designation

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New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles plans to offer driver’s licenses with a nonbinary gender identity marker of “X.”

However, the state said in a court filing this week that it could take more than a year before its computer system will be able to automatically handle the option.

A federal lawsuit was brought against the state by Sander Saba, a nonbinary transgender resident of New York City. Saba said a state policy that limits gender identity on licenses to either “male” or “female” is discriminatory.

The state moved to dismiss the lawsuit as moot, considering the state late last year began planning to allow licenses to have an “X” gender marker. They say the automation process should be updated on state computers by late 2021.

The DMV welcomed Saba to go through the manual process of updating their driver license.

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