Bill Would Allow Gender “X” Designation on Driver’s Licenses

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing legislation that would let those seeking state driver’s licenses designate their gender as “X” instead of “male” or “female.”

The proposed change would also apply to learner’s permits and state identification cards. No documentation would be required for the designation.

On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate is expected to debate the bill , sponsored by Democratic Sen. Karen Spilka, who said the proposal recognizes the rights of transgender individuals.

A handful of states, including California and Oregon as well as Washington, D.C., already allow the gender X designation on driver’s licenses.

Before the debate, Spilka is planning to hold a press conference with transgender and civil rights advocates to highlight the bill.

The new rules would take effect Nov. 1. The House has yet to consider the bill.

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