BOSTON (MA) – Today, State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate to pass Senate Bill 2562, An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identification, which would establish a non-binary gender identity option for Massachusetts licenses. The bill was inspired by a letter from Ella, one of Senator Karen Spilka’s (D-Ashland) constituents.
“I believe that this bill marks a step in the right direction for transgender, gender non-conforming, and cisgender citizens of the Commonwealth alike,” said Ella. “Whether it be an identity reason, a privacy reason, or otherwise, the symbol of ‘X’ allows individual freedom.”
“Thanks to the incredible advocacy of the LGBTQ+ community, we took another step today towards ensuring that all Massachusetts residents are guaranteed a basic level of dignity,” said Senator Eldridge. “I want to thank Ella for their courage in reaching out to their state senator, Senator Spilka for filing this bill, and Senate President Chandler for her leadership in bringing this civil rights legislation to the floor for a vote.
The bill requires the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to allow an applicant for a driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card to choose “X” instead of “male or “female.” The bill also prohibits the RMV from requiring documentation for such designation.
Oregon, California, Maine and Washington D.C. also have laws allowing a gender neutral identity option on licenses.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.