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Illinois General Assembly passes non-binary option for ID

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Photo via Good Free Photos)

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly this week approved a bill that would allow people to choose a non-binary gender marker on licenses and IDs.

KMOX-AM in St. Louis reported that the bill passed the House 67-38 in April and passed the Senate on Wednesday with a 39-16 vote.

From KMOX:

The legislation, sponsored by freshman Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-Downers Grove) and Sen. Cristina Castro (D-Elgin), would make the third gender option available only after the Secretary of State implements an updated license and identification card issuance system.

According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, of the 1,082 Illinois residents who responded, 34% reported being verbally harassed, denied benefits or service, asked to leave or were assaulted after revealing indentification documents with a name or photo that did not match their gender presentation.

If this legislation is signed by Pritzker, Illinois will join 11 states plus Washington D.C. in offering a non-binary marker on identity documents, according to Reuters. Currently Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah and Washington state provide a third gender option for their residents’ drivers’ licenses, birth certificates and state IDs.

The bill caps a list of progressive legislation passed in Illinois including abortion access and cannabis legalization. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign each of the progressive bills. 

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