Assemblymember Gloria Issues Statement on Assembly’s Passage of the Gender Recognition Act

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Landmark Legislation to Create Third Gender Marker on State Government Documents Passes State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California State Assembly voted to approve SB 179: the Gender Recognition Act by State Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) with a vote of 50-13. As principal co-author and the manager of the bill in the Assembly, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement following its passage:

“All too often, members of our transgender, intersex, and nonbinary community experience hardships and even stigma when their government documents don’t match their gender presentation. With the support of my colleagues in the Assembly today, we moved one step closer toward ensuring all Californians have the ability to identify as their true, authentic selves.

“Despite the divisive rhetoric at the federal level, SB 179 demonstrates the inclusiveness of California and represents recognition from government that people can exist as more than just male or female. Further, SB 179 sends a clear message: no matter who you are or how you identify, we accept you here.

“I want to thank State Senator Toni Atkins for authoring this legislation and for all of her work championing LGBTQ equality across California.”

SB 179 would create a third gender marker on state-issued identification documents to allow California residents to be identified by a gender marker other than male or female on driver’s licenses and birth certificates. The bill also streamlines the process for transgender, intersex, and nonbinary Californians to obtain these government documents.

SB 179 will return to the State Senate for concurrence on amendments before heading to the Governor.