According to the Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation (PennDOT), drivers will soon be able to get a gender-neutral license, if they prefer.
Instead of “male” or “female” residents will be able to add “X” to their license. PennDOT hopes to roll out this action by the middle of 2020, but no date has been set in stone.
10 states, such as Arkansas and Maine, already offer gender-neutral options on their license.
Pennsylvania is able to make this decision on their own and does not need approval from the legislature, though they have the approval from Gov. Tom Wolf.
On Wednesday, in a Captiol News conference on another topic, Wolf mentioned, “I believe that we ought to recognize and be supportive of folks who are looking to figure out what their gender identity.”
This is not the first time PennDOT has stepped up to change the identification system. In 2010, they enacted a new policy that allowed transgender people to correctly identify themselves on their identification.
This change can also be made on State IDs. No word on passports yet, but this is a step in the direction of equality and proper gender identity for those who identify as non-binary.
Do you think these changes are a step in the right direction?