A 27-year old “student” in Portland has become the first, legally “genderless” person in American history. The ruling involved a biological male who reportedly feels that he does not associate with any gender and therefore petitioned to be identified as “genderless.” Judge Amy Holmes, who approved his petition, is the same judge who previously approved a “non-binary” gender for another Portland student last year.
The 27-year-old formerly known as Patrick Abbatiello, now legally designated agender, also got legal approval to change names, now going only by “Patch,” no surname. That name also serves as a pronoun, Patch explained to the local NBC affiliate this week.
“Even gender-neutral pronouns don’t feel as if they fit me,” Patch said. “I feel no identity or closeness with any pronouns I’ve come across. What describes me is my name.”