Kenyatta condemns Republican attempt to block gender-neutral driver’s licenses in PA
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., is condemning the efforts of House Republicans to stop PennDOT from offering gender-neutral driver’s licenses in Pennsylvania.
In July, PennDOT announced its plans to let gender-queer and non-binary individuals select a neutral option for gender on driver’s licenses. This week, Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, announced plans to introduce a bill blocking the change.
“Sometimes we see really dumb ideas come out of Harrisburg and this bill is a prime example. Allowing all Pennsylvanians to have an ID that reflects their gender identity is common sense and doesn’t infringe on the rights of anyone else,” Kenyatta said. “There is no good reason to block this change from happening, other than to play politics with the lives of those who are already marginalized.
“I fully support the Wolf administration’s initiative to add an ‘X’ to the forms so that non-binary, trans, and other queer Pennsylvanians have an option that they feel best represents them,” Kenyatta continued. “This bill should never make it to the floor and if it does it should be soundly defeated. We have serious things to focus on like stemming gun violence, restoring General Assistance, and expanding job opportunities for all Pennsylvanians. This is silly season. “
Kenyatta also called on other House members to join him in his vehement opposition to the bill which he said will harm thousands of Pennsylvanians.