California has become the first U.S. state to legalize a “nonbinary” option and allow a gender change without undergoing any treatment on birth certificates and driver’s licenses after Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 179 into law on Sunday. “For purposes of obtaining a new birth certificate under the provisions above, the bill would delete the requirement that an applicant has undergone any treatment, and instead would authorize a person to submit to the State Registrar an application to change gender

on the birth certificate and an affidavit attesting, under penalty of perjury, that the request for a change of gender is to conform the person’s legal gender to the person’s gender identity and not for any fraudulent purpose,” the bill states. It adds that the new legislation will “authorize a change of gender in the court judgment to female, male, or nonbinary. The bill would provide modified procedures to obtain a court order for a change of name to conform to the petitioner’s gender identity and a court judgment to recognize a change in the petitioner’s gender.” READ MORE