ME to Offer Non-Binary Gender Option on License & IDs

Huge step forward for those individuals who don’t align with either of the traditional genders.

Maine will start offering driver’s licenses and IDs with a third, non-binary gender option.

The Portland Press Herald reported Monday that the state’s bureau of motor vehicles will begin issuing stickers for IDs or licenses stating “Gender has been changed to X – non-binary” for those who request them.

The state’s licenses and IDs will feature a M, F or X gender option after a redesign in 2019.

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More fun

I’ve shared stuff from the website ‘Not Always Right’ before and here’s another gem:

Change Can’t Make You Change
GROCERY STORE | ME, USA | AT THE CHECKOUT, BIZARRE
(I’m a 22-year-old queer female. While I don’t exactly go around singing my orientation from rooftops, I do have two queer pride pins on my work uniform and I always wear a rainbow bracelet, so it’s pretty hard to miss. A man who’s about 60 years old comes through my line.)

Customer: “I have a bad back. Can you lift that out for me?”

(He points to a 15-pack of beer. I lift it out, scan it, and put it back in his cart.)

Customer: “Wow, look at you. You’re pretty strong. Your boyfriend must be happy with you.”

Me: “I don’t have a boyfriend.”

Customer: “Well, why not?”

Me: *deadpan* “I have no idea.”

Customer: “Well, we can’t have that. How about I take you out to dinner tonight?”

(I take a moment to very pointedly look at my two pins and then hold my arm up in plain sight and stare at my bracelet.)

Me: “I already have supper plans.”

Customer: “Come on, it’s just one night.”

Me: *as I hand him his change* “I already have supper plans.”

Customer: “That’s a shame. I would have let you keep the change if you’d said yes.”

(After he leaves, my manager, who’s known me since high school, approaches.)

Manager: *laughs* “Yeah, because eight bucks is gonna turn you straight and take away your standards.”

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Why This Transgender Teen’s Big Victory Matters

I am just curious as to what prompted the boy to start following her into the bathroom in the first place. Did Nicole confess she was biologically male, even though she wore girls clothing? I’m curious to know how it all got started as figuring that out and addressing it is key to changing the future.

Wayne Maines was in a meeting when he got the call. His daughter, a transgender teenager who had been fighting the state of Maine for years over her right to use the girls’ bathroom at school, had finally won.

“I just broke down right then and there,” he said.

In tears, he called his wife, who texted their daughter, Nicole. She was in a school assembly, and immediately ran to the front of the room to announce the victory. “The whole school got up and cheered,” he recounted.

On Thursday, Maine’s Supreme Court made history when it ruled that officials from the public school violated state anti-discrimination law by not allowing Nicole to use the girls’ bathroom. It was the first time that a state court has ruled it unlawful to deny transgender students access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

The case stemmed from an incident that occurred when Nicole was in fifth grade. She is now 16 and attends a different school, which is private.

Born a biological male, Nicole was identifying as a female at the age of 2. By the time she was in fifth grade, she had a female name and used the girls’ bathroom, with her school’s full support.

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Maine candidate for governor announces he’s gay

I’m glad we’re progressing toward a time when trying to use a politician’s private life against him. Naturally I believe we still have a long way to go, but I’m glad Mr Michaud is getting ahead of his opponent and cutting him off at the knees with regard to his sexuality.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he’s gay — a response to what he called a “whisper campaign” by political opponents hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, 58, wrote in an op-ed provided to The Associated Press, the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News that “whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls” attempted to get voters to question whether he’s gay.

“Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes I am. But why should it matter?'” he wrote in the op-ed published Monday by the two newspapers.

The Democrat’s announcement adds intrigue to a tight three-way race with LePage, the Republican incumbent, and wealthy independent Eliot Cutler.

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Same-Sex Partners Of Federal Employees To Get Equal Benefits Under Bipartisan Bill

Never thought I’d see the word bipartisan used in the same sentence as same-sex partners.

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate is introducing legislation that would ensure that same-sex partners of federal employees — even those in domestic partnerships or civil unions — will receive the same benefits offered to heterosexual spouses.

The Senate version of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act is cosponsored by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). Baldwin is the first openly gay lawmaker elected to the Senate, and Collins is one of the few Republicans in Congress who supports legislation barring workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The House version of the legislation is cosponsored by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). Ros-Lehtinen is a vocal advocate in her party for marriage equality.

The bipartisan measure would provide same-sex domestic partners of federal employees benefits open to heterosexual married couples, no matter what state they live in or whether they are able to be legally married in their home state.

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