California Officially Recognizes a Nonbinary Gender Category

California signed the Gender Recognition Act into law, becaming the first state to officially recognize a third gender category for official state documents.  Previously, a person could seek to obtain a change of gender on a birth certificate only after undergoing medical treatment for the purpose of gender transition.  The new law, passed by the California Legislature and signed into law by Governor Brown, specifically recognizes that, “Gender identification is fundamentally personal” and provides three gender options on state-issued identification documents – female, male, and nonbinary.