Portland Student Becomes First Person To Be Designated 'Genderless'

Patrick Abbatiello, a student in Portland, Oregon, has become the first person in the United States to be designated as ‘genderless.’
Abbatiello was deemed genderless by Multnomah County Judge Amy Holmes Hehn, who granted a petition on March 10 allowing Patrick Abbatiello to go from male to agender. The petition also allowed Abbatiello to switch to the single name Patch.
Being agender means that the individual sees themselves as neither a man nor a woman and therefore has no gender identity.
According to Patch’s Facebook page, they study creative writing and are the co-coordinator of the Queer Resource Center at a branch campus of Portland Community College.
Via NBC:

“As a kid, probably starting around age six, gender didn’t make sense to me,” Patch told NBC News. “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.”
A handful of organizations serving transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex people told NBC News that no U.S. court has ever granted a legally genderless status before.
“This is the first time that Sylvia Rivera Law Project has heard about this, and we applaud the court recognizing the person as they are,” attorney Kyle Rapiñan said. “We hope that other government agencies will help people self-determine their gender identity, which also includes the option to identify without a gender.”

Judge Amy Holmes Hehn is also the same judge who allowed Jamie Shupe to legally change to non-­binary in June 2016.
In an email to NBC, Hehn said that her decisions were supported by facts and law.


What Happened?

Judge Amy Holmes Hehn, a judge from Multnomah County, Oregon, allowed Patrick Abbatiello to become ‘genderless’ and legally change his name to Patch.


Who Is Patch?

Patch, formerly Patrick Abbatiello, is the first person in the United States to be designated as ‘genderless.’

‘It’s not that I decided I was genderless — that’s just how it is,’ Patch said. ‘I never felt like I fell within any part of the gender spectrum. None of the binary options, nothing in-between.
‘I don’t consider myself non-binary because that’s an umbrella term for anything that isn’t binary, which is gender identity.’

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