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There’s a new choice in NYC.
As of January 1st, New York City birth certificates will offer a third gender category.
The new law – Intro. 954-A – also allows people born in New York City to change their birth certificates without medical and administrative barriers...
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City Council approves allowing third gender category on birth certificates
CITY HALL -- The City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow those who do not identify exclusively as male or female to identify as a gender "X" on their birth certificates.
The bill spearheaded by Speaker Corey Johnson, passed 41 to 6. Island Councilman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore) and Minority Leader Steve Matteo (R-Mid Island) voted against the bill.
Matteo's office said in a joint statement with Borelli: "Matteo and Borelli both felt this bill goes beyond any standard that has been set to allow individuals to change a sex designation on a birth certificate."
North Shore Councilwoman Debi Rose, a Democrat, who voted in favor of the bill said: "I support an individual's right to self-identify."
The bill comes as the city has taken major steps in recent years to protect transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from discrimination.
In 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order requiring city agencies to ensure transgender and gender non-conforming individuals were given access to single-sex bathrooms without being required to show a form of identification.
"Today is a historic day for New York in its role as a worldwide champion for inclusivity and equality. New Yorkers will no longer need a doctor's note to change their gender on their birth certificates, and will no longer be treated as if their identify was a medical issue," Johnson said.
The city's Health Department was also quick to applaud the legislation.
"This is truly a momentous occasion and testament to the work of Board Members, Council Members, but most of all the members of the transgender community whose dedication, work and perseverance made this possible," Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, said. "The Health Department and the Board of Health will continue to work toward a more equitable city, one that reduces stigma, eliminates barriers, and promotes the health of all transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary New Yorkers."
De Blasio is expected to sign the bill into law.