Nonbinary: Army Veteran In Oregon Is Not Legally Classified As Male Or Female Gender

Lisa Carley - Author

Jun. 12 2016, Updated 9:30 a.m. ET

In what could be the first case of a person in Oregon and even the United States being classified as nonbinary, or not female or male, an Army veteran is grateful to be free from male and female gender classifications.

Jamie Shupe, 52, was born as a male, but later began transitioning to a female in 2013, according to CNN. At the time, transitioning to female was the only thing that was available for Shupe to address the need to outwardly become how Shupe felt on the inside.

However, Shupe, who lives in Portland, Oregon, felt the change to female was not enough to express the feelings of who the retired Army veteran really was.

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“I was assigned male at birth due to biology. I’m stuck with that for life. My gender identity is definitely feminine. My gender identity has never been male, but I feel like I have to own up to my male biology. Being nonbinary allows me to do that. I’m a mixture of both. I consider myself as a third sex.”

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Shupe filed a petition to the court to change Jamie’s gender identity to nonbinary in April, and Judge Amy Holmes Hehn granted the request on Friday.


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