October 16 2017

A third gender option will be added to driver’s licenses and birth certificates

Sacramento, Calif., (October 16, 2017) – The California Endowment commends Governor Brown for signing SB 179, known as the Gender Recognition Act, which ensures that state-issued identification documents provide full legal recognition of the accurate gender identity for intersex, transgender, and non-binary Californians.

“We thank California’s leaders for leaning in on policies of inclusion rather than exclusion,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President of The California Endowment. “This new law removes a critical barrier for those whose gender expression and identity do not match the classification on their legal identification, which often leads to discrimination and harassment. Today, California’s leadership moved us closer towards a healthier, more equitable and just state for all Californians.”

The Gender Recognition Act will add a third gender option to driver’s licenses, birth certificates, identity cards, and gender change court orders. Efforts to provide non-binary forms of identification have already passed in Washington D.C. and Oregon, with a similar legislation currently introduced in New York.

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About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org

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