MassEquality Statement on the Passage of the “Gender X” Bill

Apr 26, 2019

Contact: Deborah Shields, JD, MPH
Executive Director
617-878-2300 (o)
Twitter: @massequality


BOSTON – April 26, 2019 – Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate voted to pass S.2203, An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identification nearly unanimously. This legislation gives people the option to use a gender-neutral “X” gender marker instead of “M” or “F” on their state-issued ID and birth certificate. With the 39-1 vote in the Senate, Massachusetts moves closer to becoming the 8th state, plus New York City, to allow for a gender-neutral designation on birth certificates, and the 5th state, plus the District of Columbia, to allow for a gender-neutral designation on drivers licenses, without requiring a doctor’s statement supporting the change. In response, MassEquality’s Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, released the following statement:


“With the passage of this important bill, the Senate continues Massachusetts’ long history of standing up for fairness, inclusion and equality for all. We thank the bill’s Senate sponsor, Senator Jo Comerford, and Senate President Spilka for their commitment to championing this legislation in the Senate, and all the Senators who voted to extend official recognition of non-binary people on our state identity documents.”


MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.