The same Oregon judge who last year decided that “non-binary” is a gender option that businesses in the state may have to use, signed a petition granting “genderless” status for the first time in America.
“Multnomah County Judge Amy Holmes Hehn granted a petition on March 10 allowing Patrick Abbatiello to go from male to ‘agender’ and switch to the single name Patch,” reports Daily Mail.
Officials believe this may be the first specific case of its kind in the United States, and the ruling is probably going to cause others to come forward and declare themselves “genderless” as well.
The Daily Mail also states:
The case made Patch think there was more of a possibility of legally becoming agender.
Patch, who doesn’t use pronouns, sought the name and gender change on January 23, and it was granted in a typical timeframe.
Patch said the court clerk was handling those who had name-or-gender change forms. Patch; however, had to wait for the judge because the male-to-agender language was unique.
‘The judge took the form and signed it through,’ Patch said. ‘Took a look at it and that was it. Didn’t speak to me or anything.’
In an email, the judge told NBC News, which first reported about the case, that her decisions were supported by facts and law.
Patch attends Portland Community College and works as a co-coordinator at the college’s Queer Resource Center.