Washington, D.C. is now officially first in the nation to assign gender-neutral driver's licenses to its residents.
In fact, even "X" is deemed an official gender choice on the District's licenses and IDs. Free Beacon summarizes
A group of people became the first in America to receive gender-neutral driver’s licenses on Tuesday in the nation’s capital, CNN reports. They prefer “X” as their gender marker instead of male or female because they identify as gender fluid, gender non-conforming, agender, or another category.
[...] CNN cited LGBTQ advocates who say that gender-neutral identification lessens the chances of harassment when someone's gender does not seem to match that person's physical appearance. Oregon will come out with its own gender-neutral licenses on Saturday.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week that this change was intended to improve the health and wellbeing of all Washingtonians. She said that the new identification option "aligns District gender identity policies with D.C. values."
"Washington, D.C. has long been a leader in LGBTQ rights and gender issues, and this change is the most recent example of our city's commitment to inclusivity," Bowser said.
The director of the city's human rights office, Monica Palacio, said that part of the goal was to change how residents think about gender.
Nik Sakurai, the first applicant to receive a gender neutral license, said, "I don’t feel that sense of gender as something that is part of my core innate experience."
"I’m glad to finally have an ID that actually matches who I am."
"This important step taken by the Department of Motor Vehicles not only validates a person's chosen identity but also creates broader acceptance, reducing potential incidents of discrimination against individuals for being who they are," Palacio agreed.
With all of the problems the country is facing, and the District in particular, it's good to know bureaucrats in our nation's capital have their priorities in order.