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Colorado drivers can soon choose gender X on driver’s license

Author: Associated Press - November 8, 2018 - Updated: November 8, 2018

In this 2016 file photo, Dana Zzyym, of Fort Collins, talks about the arguments in a hearing on Zzyym’s lawsuit requiring people to pick a gender to get a passport outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Denver. A judge has ruled that U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from the intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender. U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson said in a ruling released Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, that the U.S. State Department was arbitrary in rejecting the application and violated federal law. Zzyym was born with ambiguous sexual characteristics and doesn’t identify as male or female. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado drivers who do not identify as male or female soon will be allowed to choose the letter X to represent their gender on their driver’s license.

Officials with the Colorado Department of Revenue tell The Denver Post the new policy was created after judges in two cases found in favor of residents attempting to change their sex on government identification.

In one case, Dana Zzyym sued the U.S. State Department after the agency refused to issue a passport because Zzyym would not choose male or female as their gender on the application. Zzyym was born with ambiguous physical sexual characteristics.

Colorado Revenue executive director Michael Hartman says the Division of Motor Vehicles adopted the new policy to avoid the possibility of being sued. It takes effect on Nov. 30.

Associated Press

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