BANGOR – The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles is offering the option of a non-binary gender designation on driver’s licenses or identification cards, now without a doctor’s note.
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said Maine residents can change their gender using a form that gives them the option of male, female, or non-binary, which is identified by an X.
One Bangor resident recently got a new driver’s license with the X designation.
“Workplace validation and educational validation because it’s incredibly awkward to have to like apply for a job and hand them your identification and then explain to them what you are,” said Brennan Kenney. “I Identify as what’s called ‘A gender,’ which is a complete disregard of he or she.”
Kenney uses “he” or “they” as pronouns. He added there is a huge learning curve for those who are used to dealing with just two genders.
The non-binary designation has been available in Maine for about a year. Before the recent change, a doctor’s note was required and that created a barrier for some residents.