Less than a week ago, Oregon granted Jamie Shupe’s petition to legally become non-binary. In other terms, Jamie is neither male nor female; Jamie is genderless. And Jamie couldn’t be more thrilled.
In a piece for The Guardian, Jamie wrote,
“After a historic court ruling, I am free. I am the first non-binary person in the United States to be officially recognized. I refused to be classified. And now, I’ve been vindicated.”
And while Jamie identifies as transgender, Jamie has no desire to conform to either cisgender male or cisgender female standards.
“As a transgender person with male biology and distinctly feminine traits, I believe myself to be a unique variation of nature. I am not ashamed of who I am. I was not born into the wrong body. My genitals are not a birth defect. And I am not to be sterilized by psychiatry and a medical establishment that has run amok.”
We are so happy for Jamie and hope this will lead to many more decisions just like this.