Question of the day


History was quietly made in Oregon this month when a judge granted a Portlander’s request to become genderless. Patch, a 27-year-old video game designer, is likely the first legally agender person in the United States. The Multnomah County Court granted Patch a “General Judgment of Name and Sex Change” on March 10. In the same judgment, Patch was also allowed to change names, becoming mononymous — meaning only having one name instead of a given name and a surname. Agender is defined as the absence of gender. Not to be confused with transgender or genderqueer, agender people typically describe feeling that they have no gender

The judge who signed off on Patch’s agender petition is ahead of the curve: She also presided over the nation’s first non-binary gender change last year. In a June 2016 decision, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Hehn granted Portland resident Jamie Shupe a legal change from female to non-binary — casually setting off a nationwide third-gender movement that sent dozens of residents in other states into courthouses seeking genders other than male or female. In her first media statement about the precedent-setting cases, Judge Holmes Hehn told NBC News that the law supports Shupe and Patch. “I made these decisions, like all decisions, because they were supported by facts and law

Not to be confused with Patches O’Houlihan BTW. Question of the day: who is crazier, Patch or the Judge?

Leave a Reply