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Pritzker signs law allowing non-binary driver’s license option

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SPRINGFIELD — On Friday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law that would let people choose a non-binary marker for their driver’s license.

The law, HB 3534, adds a non-binary gender designation for driver’s licenses and state IDs when the Secretary of State next implements a new card issuance system. It goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

Equality Illinois, one of the organizations that pushed for the bill, celebrated the news.

“While technological challenges are pushing off the true effective date of House Bill 3534, we are encouraged Illinois is moving in the right direction,” said EI Director of Communications Myles Brady Davis in a Facebook post. “Individuals who identify as non-binary should have the ability to access identification documents that reflect who they are. This is a matter of safety, privacy, and the ability to live authentically without burden. We look forward to working with the Secretary of State’s Office to fulfill the requirements of HB 3534.”

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