New York City Allows Third Gender Option on Birth Certificates

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The New York City Council and Board of Health have voted to include a gender-neutral “X” category on birth certificates starting the first day of 2019.

Non-binary people will be able to change the gender marker on their own birth certificates without a doctor’s note, and parents will be able to choose the X for their children’s birth certificates. City Mayor Bill De Blasi applauded the bill, saying it will “allow transgender and gender nonconforming New Yorkers to live with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

The Executive Director of the Intersex and Genderqueer Recognition Project Toby Adams also approves of the change.

“It’s really damaging legally and psychologically to have your gender identity misidentified,” he said to NBC News.

California, Washington, Oregon, and New Jersey currently allow their residents to choose a nonbinary option on birth certificates. Maine, Oregon, and Washington D.C., do the same thing on driver’s licenses, and California will join this group in January.


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