NEW YORK TO ADD ‘NON-BI­NARY’ FOR BIRTH CER­TIFI­CATES

Calgary Herald - - NEWS -

Peo­ple born in New York City who don’t iden­tify as male or fe­male will have the op­tion of chang­ing their birth cer­tifi­cates to “X” un­der leg­is­la­tion passed by city coun­cil on Wed­nes­day. The bill will also al­low par­ents to choose the “X” des­ig­na­tion for their new­borns, and it will per­mit adults to change the gen­der on their birth cer­tifi­cates with­out an af­fi­davit from a doc­tor or men­tal health pro­fes­sional. “Today is a his­toric day for New York in its role as a world­wide cham­pion for in­clu­siv­ity and equal­ity,” said city coun­cil speaker Corey John­son. Some states al­low in­di­vid­u­als to change the gen­der on their birth cer­tifi­cates with­out a note from a doc­tor, but it’s un­clear how many ju­ris­dic­tions al­low par­ents to select a non-bi­nary op­tion for their new­borns.

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