Gen­der X: New York City mayor signs bill rec­og­niz­ing third gen­der

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

It's now law in New York City that res­i­dents who don't iden­tify as male or fe­male can change their birth cer­tifi­cates to “X”. New York City Mayor Bill de Bla­sio signed the bill on Tues­day. It goes into ef­fect Jan­uary 1. The bill re­moves the re­quire­ment that res­i­dents need an af­fi­davit from a doc­tor or men­tal health pro­fes­sional to change the gen­der on their birth cer­tifi­cates.

It also al­lows par­ents to choose the “X” des­ig­na­tion for their new­borns. New York City joins Cal­i­for­nia, Ore­gon, Wash­ing­ton state and New Jersey in al­low­ing a third gen­der op­tion on birth cer­tifi­cates. Wash­ing­ton, D.C. al­lows gen­der-neu­tral driver li­censes.

De Bla­sio, a Demo­crat, says New York­ers should be free to tell their govern­ment who they are — and “not the other way around”.

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