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Historic ruling

Oregon judge allows resident to be legally ‘agender’

March 27, 2017

Judge Amy Holmes Hehn of Multnomah County, Oregon has granted a petition allowing a Portland resident to become legally genderless.

As The Associated Press reports, Patrick Abbatiello, who goes by Patch, has officially switched from male to “agender.” Those who identify as agender do not consider themselves either male or female, and typically say that they do not have any type of gender identity. Patch does not use pronouns.

“I don’t consider myself non-binary because that’s an umbrella term for anything that isn’t binary, which is gender identity,” Patch explained.

According to NBC News, Patch is likely the first person in the United States to be recognized as agender. In June of last year, Judge Holmes Hehn allowed a transgender person to legally change their sex to “non-binary” — also a first in the U.S.

In an email to NBC News, Judge Holmes Hehn said that both decisions were based on “facts and law, and … respect for the dignity of the people who came before me.”

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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