For the first time in its history, New York City has offered a third option for parents of New-born babies or anyone choosing not to identify as male or female: changing the gender of a birth certificate to “X”.
The “X” gender by passing make and female became available all thanks to a law signed by the New York Mayor Bill de Basio in early October 2018 that went into effect on January 1.
According to the Mayor, he said the Law allowed citizens freedom to tell the who they are and not the other way round. In an address to transgenders in New York, he said , “You be you. Live your truth. And know that New York City will have your back.”
In June De Blasio said, “Pride Month is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come in the fight for equality, and re-affirm our commitment to protecting all New Yorkers from discrimination. This proposal will allow transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers to live with the dignity and respect they deserve, and make our City fairer.”
“New York City is the first municipal government with such legislation. Those living in the city but not born there do not fall under its law.” NBC News noted that New York City was the fifth state in America to have such a law, “California, Oregon, Washington state and New Jersey. Three states and Washington, D.C., also allow gender-neutral driver licenses,” as reported by NPR.
According to reports Speaker of the New York City Council Corey Johnson who introduced the legislation said, “You don’t need a doctor to tell you who you are and you shouldn’t need a doctor to change your birth certificate to reflect your true self. This groundbreaking legislation will make New York birth certificates more inclusive for all and will send a powerful signal to the world that New York City government works for everyone. Now more than ever, it’s important for us as elected officials to show our constituents that we see them, we have their backs, and we respect them for who they are. I want to thank my Council colleagues for their support and to the de Blasio Administration for their continued commitment to making this a New York City for all.
The legislation which took effect on January 1, 2019, permits those born in New York City to submit an affidavit requesting a gender-identity change in absence of a doctor’s note.
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