NPR: New York City Creates Gender-Neutral Designation For Birth Certificates

Updated: Jul 14, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks in 2017. The mayor signed a provision into a law on Tuesday that allows people born in New York City who do not identify as male or female to change their birth certificate sex to a third-category of X. Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works

People who were born in New York City and do not identify as male or female can now select the gender-neutral designation of X on their birth certificates.

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the provision into law last week. In 2014, the city passed a law that removed the requirements of surgery and legal name-change for transgender people who wished to change the gender designated on their birth certificate from female to male or male to female.

Now, gender nonconforming or non-binary transgender people can also choose an option they say honors their identities, also without surgery or legal name-change.

The law gives New Yorkers the freedom to “tell the government who they are and not the other way around,” de Blasio said.

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