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City Council Approves Law To Require Nonbinary Gender Option On City Paperwork

Chicago's City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday requiring the city to update its forms and paperwork with gender-neutral designations.

Ald. Andre Vasquez (left) and Mayor Lori Lightfoot
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CHICAGO — Residents soon will be able to identify as nonbinary on all city forms that ask for a person’s gender.

The City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday to update the city’s forms, paperwork and templates to include the gender-neutral option and a space for pronouns.

City employees will also be able to select “Mx.” as a gender-neutral honorific on business cards and stationary.

Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) introduced the bill, which also prohibits the city from asking for a person’s sex or gender unless it’s required for medical reasons or by the law.

“We have lived in a world where so many of us have felt excluded or marginalized across our identities and it is incumbent upon us as representatives to create an environment where all are welcome to live their authentic lives in every facet of it, including the workplace,” Vasquez said in a statement.

The council approved the ordinance with no discussion. The law goes into effect within 60 days.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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