Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Legally recognize non-binary as a gender on a federal level to increase representation and equal rights.
Oregon now recognizes non-binary as a legal gender in a historic ruling that’s the first of its kind in the U.S. Non-binary people are people who don’t identify solely as male or female and who may use pronouns such as they and them. While this is huge for non-binary people in the state, this is just one victory. Urge the U.S. government to recognize non-binary as an official gender on a federal level.
The Oregon ruling came when Jamie Shupe, who identifies as non-binary, wanted to officially change their gender to non-binary. Shupe was born with male biology but later took hormone treatments to transition to a woman. However, in the middle of transitioning, Jamie realized they didn’t identify as either male or female and instead wanted to legally identify as non-binary. Oregon Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Helm granted Shupe’s request.
This is a huge victory for people who don’t conform to the limiting male-female gender spectrum, and it continues to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. While it’s important to applaud this victory, it’s vital that Oregon is not the only state to legally recognize non-binary people. Non-binary people in the rest of the country still don’t have legal recognition and the same rights as people who identify as either male or female.
This could also create an issue when non-binary people travel to other states where they don’t have equal rights. Urge the federal government to step up like Oregon has and legally recognize non-binary as a gender.
Dear President Obama,
Oregon recently allowed someone to legally identify as non-binary, making the state the first in the U.S. to issue a ruling making non-binary an officially recognized gender. This is vital for all people who don’t identify as strictly male or female and may fall on a different place on the gender spectrum.
We must continue the fight for all people to have equal rights and be recognized and protected for who they are. I urge you to give all non-binary Americans across the country equal rights by legally recognizing non-binary as a gender on a federal level.
[Your Name Here]
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