On Mar. 10, a Portland judge set precedent when ruling in favor of a petition officially granting an Oregon student legal “genderless” status.
Though the ruling wasn’t made public until Mar. 23, Multnomah County Judge Amy Holmes approved a petition making 27-year-old Patrick Abbatiello the first American to be legally documented as “agender.”
Abbatiello, who also changed his legal name to “Patch,” says the one-name designation also serves as his personal pronoun.
“Even gender-neutral pronouns don’t feel as if they fit me,” Patch said. “I feel no identity or closeness with any pronouns I’ve come across. What describes me is my name.”
“It’s not that I decided I was genderless — that’s just how it is,” Patch added. “I never felt like I fell within any part of the gender spectrum … none of the binary options, nothing in-between.”
“I don’t consider myself nonbinary because that’s an umbrella term for anything that isn’t binary, which is gender identity.”
In 2016, Judge Holmes also ruled to grant a Portland resident the legal gender status of “nonbinary,” a classification applied to those who feel that neither the traditional male nor female designation is worthy of embracing.
H/T: Heat Street
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