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‘Nonbinary’ Gender is Legal in Oregon

New classification enters the cultural landscape. What does this tell our kids?

The desires of the minority are once again changing laws that impact the majority. In Oregon, individuals can now legally change their gender to the mathematic-sounding term “nonbinary” — making it the first state to legally recognize this gender classification.

Large swaths of the culture are falling into lockstep with the courts as they support the LGTB agenda.

Similar to the way bathroom laws have been passed both federally and at the state level for transgender people — who comprise about 0.02 percent of the total population — one Oregonian is using the power of left-leaning courts to put the confusing classification on the books in the Beaver State.

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What is nonbinary? It is an all-encompassing term for anyone who does not identify as just male or female — in other words, a whole new gender. Army veteran Jamie Shupe has been transitioning from male to female since 2013, the Daily Dot reported, and filed a petition with the state in late April demanding that his gender should be listed as nonbinary — both male and female.

“I was assigned male at birth due to biology,” Shupe told Oregon Live. “I’m stuck with that for life. My gender identity is definitely feminine. My gender identity has never been male, but I feel like I have to own up to my male biology. Being nonbinary allows me to do that. I’m a mixture of both. I consider myself as a third sex.”

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“Male and female are the traditional categories, but they fail to properly categorize people like me. So I challenged that,” Shupe told the Daily Dot. His petition included two letters from doctors that stated his gender should be listed as nonbinary.

This should not be surprising, frankly, coming from Oregon. In 2014, Gallup noted that the state also known for cheese, hazelnuts, and possessing America’s deepest lake is one of the most politically liberal states in the nation — and one of the least religious.

“Oregon has the fifth highest percentage of adults who put themselves in the non-religious category,” reported Oregon Live at the time of the poll. “The state’s secular culture has been standing, with many saying that as people moved west, they became less-attached to religious traditions.”

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Large swaths of the culture are falling into lockstep with the courts as they continue to support the LGBT agenda. Social media giant Facebook offers 56 gender classifications. Vulnerable and confused children are increasingly being diagnosed as having gender dysphoria — in the San Francisco Bay Area, therapists and physicians are seeing a surge in the number of families seeking medical intervention to help kids whose “perceived genders and bodies don’t seem to match,” according to the San Jose Mercury News.

“We have lifted the lid culturally,” developmental psychologist Diane Ehrensaft told the Mercury News. Her Oakland practice has seen a fourfold increase in the number of gender-questioning kids in the last several years, she said.

In the Big Apple, city workers who intentionally don’t use the proper pronouns when addressing LGBT individuals can face hefty fines or even jail time for that offense, if the individual indicated “he” or “she” wanted to be referred to a certain way.

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Attorneys at the Transgender Law Center believe that the new nonbinary gender classification in Oregon may be the first of its kind in the U.S., Ilona Turner, the legal director, said in an email to the Dot.

Nancy Haque, co-executive director for Basic Rights Oregon, touted the legal ruling as a “momentous day for genderqueer Oregonians,” according to Oregon Live.

Nonbinary is still not an option for driver’s licenses or state ID cards, Hague noted. She claimed that some nonbinary people are denied medical services because they do not have a conforming gender identity.

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