If the bill does become law, Maryland would join California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon and the District of Columbia in allowing a designation for unspecified gender on licenses and ID cards. Residents of 11 countries can choose nonbinary or gender-neutral designations on their passports, which are accepted by U.S. authorities.
Advocates for those who don’t identify as male or female say those people should not have to choose a gender on legal documents. The Intersex and Genderqueer Recognition Project and other groups are pushing for legislation around the country “that recognizes that sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation have endless variations,” and said that all of those variations should be respected.
Maryland already allows residents to change the gender listed on their driver’s license or ID.
The legislation approved Wednesday takes that a step further and prohibits the Motor Vehicle Administration from denying an application because the sex selected by an applicant doesn’t match the one displayed on another document.