Kamala Harris says she 'absolutely' supports a third gender option on federal IDs

William Cummings

WASHINGTON – Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday she likes the idea of a third gender option on federal identifications.

"Sure, absolutely," the Democratic presidential candidate said when asked about the possibility by one audience member at a Keene State College town hall in New Hampshire. 

"I see the issue of LGBTQ rights as a fundamental civil rights and human rights issue. Period," Harris said. And she decried what she sees as a recent "rolling back of whatever advance we've made," accusing President Donald Trump of using the "bully pulpit" for the purpose of "fueling hate." 

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, April 23, 2019.

She called Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military "outrageous." 

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"These are people who have decided they are willing to sacrifice and serve for the sake of our democracy and our freedom, and you’re going to kick them out of the military?" she said. 

Trump tweeted in July 2017 that the military would no longer allow "Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity." After two years of court challenges, that policy took effect on April 12. 

In February, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – another candidate seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination – also said she supported an "X," or third gender option, on federal IDs when asked a similar question at a campaign event in New Hampshire, CBS News reported

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Currently, 10 states, as a well as New York City and Washington, D.C., grant non-binary gender options on IDs as a result of legislative action or court orders, according to the Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project. Several other states are considering such changes.  

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