UPDATED 7:01 AM PT — Wed. Oct. 10, 2018
A third gender category will now be available on birth certificates issued in New York City.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill into law Tuesday, creating the ‘X category’ for individuals who do not classify their gender as male or female.
Before the new law, New Yorkers were only allowed to change the gender on their certificate after having gender confirmation surgery.
Residents will now be able to submit their own legal declarations to change their gender identities instead of requesting a letter from their physician or health care provider.
De Blaiso is claiming the new legislation will give New Yorkers the “freedom of self-determination and self expression.”
Everyone has a right to their own identity. Everyone has a right to be themselves. That's why New Yorkers can now change their gender to M, F, or X on their birth certificate. To our transgender and gender non-binary neighbors, New York City sees you and has your back. pic.twitter.com/isKyClDK14
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 9, 2018