Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, is expected to sign HB 1165 into law, which will allow drivers to select “X” if they prefer not to identify as either male or female on state-issued licenses, KHON-TV reported.
The measure also protects a person from having to provide documentation, such as a birth certificate, to prove their gender before choosing “Gender X,” according to Hawaii News Now.
The legislation is being championed by members and supporters of the LGBT community for helping to reduce discrimination against transgender and gender fluid individuals.
“This measure returns us closer to the inclusive society of Native Hawaiians, which celebrated expressions of gender beyond masculinity and femininity,” Khara Jabola-Carolus, Executive Director of the Hawai’i State Commission on the Status of Women, told Hawaii News Now.
The law is to take effect on July 1 of next year.