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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