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Hawaii set to include non-binary gender option on state driver’s licenses

Hawaii set to include non-binary gender option on state driver’s licenses

A LGBTI rainbow flag in Maui, Hawaii.

The governor of Hawaii signed a bill on Wednesday (26 June) that will introduce a non-binary gender option onto state-issued driver’s licenses.

An option of ‘X’ will now be available for non-binary and gender non-conforming residents.

Governor David Ige signed bill HB 1195 into law to take effect on 1 July 2020.

‘A law is born!’

The executive director of Hawaii’s commission on the status of women, Khara Tapay Jabola-Carolus wrote on Instagram: ‘Hawaii passed our bill for a non-binary driver’s licence, recognising transgender and gender nonconforming identities on government ID.

‘Everyone can select an X option instead of M or F. Let the kids be their authentic selves.

 

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BREAKING: A law is born! Hawai’i passed our bill for a non-binary driver’s license, recognizing #transgender and gender nonconforming identities on government ID. Everyone can select an X option instead of M or F. Let the kids be their authentic selves! This wasn’t just about simple recognition of transgender folks by the mainstream. It was about decolonization of the status of gender minorities and women, and taking a step to honor the inclusive society of Native Hawaiians. It all started with transgender activist @jaj1053, and a coffee date where we discovered our shared interest in…abolishing gender. Jen, it was an honor to support your leadership and the queer community in seeing this to passage. Like you said when we found out that the bill passed—this one is for #JenniferLaude. Rest in power, kapatid.

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‘This wasn’t just about simple recognition of transgender folks by the mainstream. It was about decolonisation of the status of gender minorities and women, and taking a step to honour the inclusive society of Native Hawaiians.’

LGBTI rights in Hawaii

Furthermore, the sun-splashed state is a popular holiday destination, and it’s definitely onew1 where LGBTIs can take it easy.

Hawaii lawmakers banned ‘gay cure’ therapy and the ‘gay panic’ defence. The state was also one of the first to legalize homosexuality, which has been part of Hawaiian culture of centuries.

Moreover, marriage, adoption, and anti-discrimination laws are all enjoyed.

The term aikāne refers to homosexual or bisexual relationships, which were widely accepted in pre-colonial Hawaiian society, and the term māhū refers to a third gender’ alongside male and female.

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