New York Legislature Passes Bill to Allow People to Mark Gender as “X”
- New York lawmakers on Friday passed a bill allowing a third option for a person’s sex on official documents.
- People who do not identify as male or female might mark their gender as “X”.
- The Biden administration has previously hinted that it could adopt a similar policy nationwide.
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New York State Assembly lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would allow New Yorkers who do not identify as male or female to mark their gender as “X” on documents state officials, including their driver’s license and birth certificate.
The bill has already been passed by the State Senate.
“The provisions of this bill will make life safer, reduce stigma and affirm the identity of so many of our friends and neighbors,” said Congressman Daniel O’Donnell, a Democrat representing Manhattan who sponsored the legislation, according to New York Daily News
The bill, known as The law on gender recognition, is now heading to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat. If signed, the bill will allow transgender, intersex and non-binary people in New York City to change their gender on official documents and IDs that match their gender identity, as reported by the Daily News.
According to the bill, New Yorkers seeking to change their gender identity would no longer be required to provide medical evidence to change their gender designation on state documents. The bill would also eliminate the requirement that legal name changes must be published in a local newspaper.
Cuomo’s office did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment on Saturday when asked if he plans to sign the legislation.
As CNN reported, if signed, New York would become the 25th state in the United States to allow some kind of gender-neutral identifier on state documents.
The federal government has hinted that it may soon make a similar change.
A White House official in February said The 19 in February that the Biden administration was considering amending federal documents, including passports. In May, a group of congressional lawmakers pressured President Joe Biden to add the “X” option, as The 19 reported.
“We believe that a gender-neutral marker (‘X’) should be available on all federal identification documents, and that gender-specific markers should be accessible using a self-attestation standard.” We read in a letter to Biden sent last month, according to the outlet. .
The letter, which called on Biden to make the change by issuing an executive order, was authored by Representative Ro Khanna of California and the senses. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and signed by 20 other Congressional Democrats, according to The 19th. .