The Gender Marker Debate : Is Gender Needed On Government Issued Id?

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Jessica Heinemann Professor Hall ENC1102 April 12,2017 Final Assignment The gender marker debate: is gender needed on government-issued ID? Should Non-binary join male and female options for state IDs? As of 2017 the Gender Recognition Act would add “non-binary” to male and female gender boxes on official state documents making it easier for transgender people to change the gender in which they identify with. As of now, the federal government does not offer a third gender option for official documents such as passports. The issue drew national attention when a federal judge asked the U.S. State Department to reconsider its decision to deny a passport to a Colorado resident who does not identify as male or female. “The erosion of these…show more content…
Not all intersex people will choose to identify legally as inter sex and not all parents will choose to have their intersex child identified as inter sex on birth documents. But for those who do, the option should exist for those who want to be identified. A handful of individuals are apparently permitted to opt out of the spectrum altogether by declaring themselves ‘agender’, saying that they feel neither female nor male, and don’t have any internal experience of gender. There is no known explanation as to why some people are able to refuse to define their personality in gendered terms while others are not, but one thing that is clear about the self-designation as ‘agender’: we cannot all do it, for the same reasons we cannot all call ourselves non-binary. The United States has never offered these options outside of male and female, until last December when Sara Kelly Keenan received the first ever U.S. birth certificate that read "intersex." In other countries, the third option is available as an option on all government documents ranging from birth certificates to passports. If a few people are able to get birth certificates and other government issued documents that

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