Oregon Judge Grants Man’s Request to Be ‘Genderless,’ Have No Last Name

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PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon judge has granted a man’s request to be identified as “genderless” and to have no last name.

Multnomah County Judge Amy Holmes Hehn granted Patrick Abbatiello a “General Judgment of Name and Sex Change” on March 10, allowing him to be listed as “a-gender” and to legally change his name to his nickname “Patch.”

“As a kid, probably starting around age six, gender didn’t make sense to me,” Abbatiello told reporters. “I was told ‘men were this, women were this.’ As a teen I learned about transgender people, and that didn’t seem like what I was. And then I learned about genderqueer, and that didn’t seem like what I was.”

“It’s not that I decided I was genderless—that’s just how it is,” he said. “I never felt like I fell within any part of the gender spectrum. None of the binary options, nothing in-between.”

Abbatiello said that he doesn’t like to be referred to as he or she, or even they.

“Even gender-neutral pronouns don’t feel as if they fit me. I feel no identity or closeness with any pronouns I’ve come across,” he stated. “What describes me is my name.”

Abbatiello, 27, attends Portland Community College and works as a game designer.

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As previously reported, last June, Judge Hehn also granted a man’s request to be recognized as non-binary.

Jamie Shupe was born male, served in the military and married a woman. But in 2013, as he found himself struggling with his gender identity, Shupe decided to seek treatments that would make him look and feel feminine.

“I figured I was a transgender woman. My thinking was, well, I’m not a male,” Shupe told reporters. “I was in a deep, dark depression because I had boxed myself into this male identity that I couldn’t stand anymore.”

But after taking hormonal treatments and wearing women’s clothing, Shupe still wasn’t satisfied. It didn’t feel right trying to live as a female.

“Now, I’m suddenly telling my spouse I’m the same thing she is? It didn’t make sense to me,” Shupe told The Guardian. “No amount of hormones is going to make me look like a female.”

He also had no intention of having a sex change operation. So, he decided to be neither.

“I was assigned male at birth due to biology. I’m stuck with that for life. My gender identity is definitely feminine. My gender identity has never been male, but I feel like I have to own up to my male biology,” Shupe told the Oregonian. “Being non-binary allows me to do that. I’m a mixture of both. I consider myself as a third sex.”

Isaiah 45:9 reads, “Woe unto him that striveth with His Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the Earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, ‘What makest thou?’ or thy work, ‘He hath no hands?'”

Romans 9:20 also states, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, ‘Why hast thou made me thus?'”


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    USA is selling a truth(birth gender) for feelings. False ones at that. People should be free to feel that this man is a male and treat him as a male.

  • bowie1

    It’s gonna be difficult for him to have a family tree with no last name!

  • Jason Todd

    A reasonable judge would have sentenced those freaks to mandatory counseling.

    She needs to be removed from the bench. Now.

    • RWH

      Any reasonable judge would look at the facts presented before making a judgment. Your definition of reasonable is someone who shoots from the hip without looking at the merits of the case. Your definition of reasonable means someone who agrees with you. Did you both looking at the transcripts to see what was really going on?

      • Amos Moses

        “without looking at the merits of the case”

        WHAT merits …. it is laughable on its face ………..

        • RWH

          Did you even bother to look up the case, or are you in favor of kangaroo courts where people don’t get a fair trial?

          • Amos Moses

            someone CLAIMING to be “genderless” needs to be looked up by a physician ….. and nothing else as far as the law ……..

          • RWH

            And what evidence do you have that physicians did not give testimony in court. There are people who are born with both male and female sexual parts. It’s amazing. Some people who show a lot of interest in the fetus have absolutely no sympathy nor compassion for the living. They’re too eager to write people off on the most superficial of circumstances. Did you bother looking up the court transcripts to find out what is really going on before you condemned the individual?

          • Amos Moses

            “There are people who are born with both male and female sexual parts.”

            therefore NOT GENDERLESS …………. its AMAZING some people are so “open minded” their brains fall out of their skulls …………..

          • RWH

            Amos. Did you look at the court documents to see the justification. Or are you just interested in offending others just to score points?

          • Amos Moses

            “Some people who show a lot of interest in the fetus have absolutely no sympathy nor compassion for the living. ”

            so scoring points then ….. hypocrisy much ………….. FYI ….. there is no “justification” for coddling mental illness …………..

          • RWH

            And how do you know that this is nonsense? Did you bother to read the court documents? Or do you just prefer to cut to the chase and treat others in a callous and cruel fashion?

          • Amos Moses

            it is not the courts job to endorse a person mental illness ………

          • Amos Moses

            If only common sense ….. were common …………. for some people ….. when they said “this line for brains”, many thought they said “trains” and missed theirs ………

      • Royce E. Van Blaricome

        LOL. Thanks for that!! This guy actually poses as a Christian? Like anybody has to look at transcripts to figure out there is NO such thing as genderless. Duh!

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Judges should be replaced by the Bible-educated robots.

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    Isn’t it ironic that nobody commented on the video! Nothing the lust-craving sin-laden trolls hate more than someone coming out and calling their sin for what it is, turning from it, and getting saved in the process.

  • Faithwalker

    What a message of hope, and a testament the young man shared in the video of how God’s saving grace is all encompassing and complete. Especially, when those who sincerely seek and cry out to Him to move them out of their place of brokenness into wholeness through Christ Jesus! Won’t He do it!!

    • Chris

      “Won’t He do it!!”

      No He probably won’t. For every ‘testimony’ like that there are ten or more of people who were NOT changed in any way.