Kamala Harris backs putting third gender option on federal ID
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE said she supports having a third gender option on federal ID forms as she continues to campaign heavily on social justice issues.
The California Democrat was asked about the issue during an event at Keene State College in New Hampshire on Tuesday. “Sure,” she replied, according to multiple media reports.
The Harris campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment for further guidance on her position.
Harris, a vocal advocate for many of California’s progressive stances on LGBTQ issues, pivoted to broader criticism of the Trump administration, slamming it for its efforts to ban transgender people from joining the military.
“These are people who have decided they are willing to sacrifice and serve for the sake of our democracy and freedom, and you’re going to kick them out of the military?” she said, according to Politico.
Harris follows Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.) as the second presidential candidate to support adding a third gender option to federal ID forms.
Gillibrand told supporters in February that she would support a third designation of “X” on identification documents for those not identifying as a man or woman.
Eleven states and the District of Columbia currently issue identity documents with options for people to identify themselves as nonbinary, intersex or to opt-out with an “X” on the forms’ gender markers.