Gender neutral birth certificates will be available in New Jersey coming Feb. 1, according to New Jersey News 12. The move was intended to expand transgender rights, but will also make birth certificates more accurate for intersex people.
Until now, parents of intersex children had to decide whether they wanted to label their child as male or female, and some infants are even subjected to invasive surgeries that try to “normalize” their sex characteristics. The bill will also allow residents to change their gender marker without proof of surgery.
“Just because your sex assigned at birth is one thing, it does not necessarily mean that it is something that’s going to be consistent with your gender identity throughout your life,” Ashley Chiappano from Garden State Equality told News 12.
New Jersey joined New York, Oregon, California and Washington in adding a non-binary option to birth certificates.