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Legal Recognition of Gender Diversity Beyond the Female/Male Binary on state documents

Delaware has been pretty progressive in making sure our LGBTQ population is granted all of the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities as cis-gender. We have state laws banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, conversion therapy on minors was banned, and transgenders can serve in the military. However, we are still lacking in making sure that on personal documents it is truly reflected of the individuals gender identification. When obtaining state issued documents, the 23,000 people in Delaware that identifies as transgender,  intersex, and nonbinary people are forced to identify with what is on their birth certificate, even if it does not truly reflect the gender they identify with OR if they do not identify with being male or female, they forced to have to choose a gender on these documents. There is a lack of gender designation on birth certificates, state identifications, driver’s license, and job applications.

Delaware has to legally recognize non-binary gender on state-issued identity documents. This will allow residents to change the sex on their birth certificates, state identification, and driver’s licenses to either Male, Female, Nonbinary. Furthermore, there should be a statewide training for employers and issuing agencies of these document on the application of the law and diversity & inclusion for LGBTQ. This will make the daily life of transgender, intersex, and nonbinary people much easier and safer in Delaware.

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