History has been made by an American citizen after becoming the first person to be granted the legal request to become genderless.
The individual will be the first person in the US to be legally agender. His name is Patch. Agender refers to the absence of gender. Patch is a 27-year-old video gamer designer from Oregon. Patch was granted a general judgment of name and sex change by Multnomah County Court earlier this month.
The court allowed Patch to change names and become mononymous. This implies that they are known by a singular name instead of a traditional first and surname.
Patch said that since the age of six, gender did not make sense. Patch also emphasized that after learning about men, women, and genderqueer none of them was adding up.
The term genderqueer relates to a person who identifies with both, neither or a combination of male and female. On the other hand, transgender is someone whose personal identity does not match their birth sex.
Patch insisted that even the gender-neutral pronouns did not feel as if they would fit they, adding that they feel no identity or closeness with any pronouns they had come across.
Patch emphasized that only zee name would describe zee. Judge Amy Holmes Hehn granted the request to Patch. The same judge also ruled in the case of Portland resident Jamie Shupe who petitioned to change gender from female to non-binary.
Jamie Shupe’s request was granted last year. The Judge told the news outlet following Patch’s ruling that she made these decisions, like all decisions, because they were supported by facts and law, and out of respect for the dignity of the people who came before her.
Such cases have not been heard of in the past. Kyle Rapiñan, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project attorney said he had not heard of any previous case where an agender request had been approved.
The attorney praised the move for making a bold move. He said that he hopes that other government agencies will help people self-determine their gender identity, which also includes the option to identify without a gender.
Countries such as Canada, India, Australia have an option for a third gender on official documents such as passports and driving licences.