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Maine Considering Non-Binary Birth Certificates – Male, Female, Other

February 21, 2020

In Maine, there soon could be a third gender option for children when they are born.

According to Bangor Daily News, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is considering making a change to its birth certificates that would allow parents to mark their child as non-binary — meaning neither male nor female.

Additionally, the proposal would allow people to change their birth certificate to non-binary later in life so that it would no longer show the person’s biological sex. 

Maine already allows people to put an X as their gender on their state-issued driver’s license to indicate they identify as non-binary instead of an M for male or an F for female. That has been the case in the state since 2018.

According to Bangor Daily News, there are 12 states that offer either non-binary driver’s licenses or birth certificates.

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