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Birth Certificates in New York City Get Gender Neutral Option

Birth Certificates in New York City Get Gender Neutral Option

As of Jan. 1, a new law went into effect in New York City which makes it easier for non-binary and transgender individuals to have a birth certificate that matches the gender they identify with.

In September 2018, the New York City council passed a law to permit New Yorkers to obtain a birth certificate that echoes the gender they identify with. They no longer have to obtain an affidavit from their doctor.

The council also agreed to add an ‘X’ option for individuals who wish not to identify as either a female or male.

Michael Lanza, a spokesperson for the New York City Health Department, stated that the “X” option will not be on the birth certificates when a baby is born. However, it will be available for amending a child’s birth certificate.

Since 2015, hundreds of individuals have received revised birth certificates with a note from their doctor which was a time when the city relaxed what was required for a gender marker change.

Prior to 2015, an individual would have to provide substantiation in order to have sex-reassignment surgery

Corey Jackson, who is the New York City Council Speaker, stated that individuals should not need a doctor to tell them who they identify with as and one should not need a doctor to be able to have the birth certificate reflect one’s true identity.New York now joins Washington D.C., Oregon, and California which are states that already have this kind of law in place.New Jersey will have a law that permits individuals […]

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