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Law will allow New Yorkers to choose sex designation on birth certificates

October 02, 2018 - 2:49 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City is now one step closer to allowing people to change the sex designation on their birth certificates to conform with their gender identity.

Once the mayor signs the law, starting next year New Yorkers will be able to document the gender with which they identify. The mayor said the law allows people to change the gender on their birth certificate without a doctor's note.

The also have an option if they don't identify as male or female.

"Now they can change their listed gender to 'x' to better reflect their gender identity," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Transgender advocates said the legislation is very important to a community of people who identify as non-binary.

"This new law gives power back to the transgender community to make their own changes as they know themselves best," Cecilia Gentilia of GMHC said.

The city will join the states of Oregon, California, Washington, and New Jersey in providing a nonbinary gender option on birth certificates.