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  • Both chambers of the state legislature passed the Gender Recognition Act this week and the bill now heads to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for final approval.
  • The measure would give residents in the state the option to designate their sex as “X” on driver’s licenses and birth certificates.
  • Under the bill, New Yorkers will be allowed to attest to their own gender identity when petitioning a court or updating an identification document and will no longer have to provide medical evidence.

New York lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at making it easier for transgender, nonbinary and intersex residents to update and obtain government-issued documents that reflect their gender identity. 

Both chambers of the state legislature passed the Gender Recognition Act this week and the bill now heads to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for final approval. 


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The measure would give residents in the state the option to designate their sex as “X” on driver’s licenses and birth certificates, which can indicate nonbinary, intersex, undesignated or other. 

Under the bill, New Yorkers will be allowed to attest to their own gender identity when petitioning a court or updating an identification document and will no longer have to provide medical evidence. It also waives a rule requiring people to publish a notification in a newspaper when they change their name in the state. 

“The Gender Recognition Act is critical for transgender, nonbinary and intersex New Yorkers,” Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell said in a statement

“The provisions in this bill will make life safer, reduce the stigma and affirm the identities for so many of our friends and neighbors. We will continue fighting for the recognition, acceptance and safety of the LGBTQ+ community here in New York,” O’Donnell said. 


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Published on Jun 11, 2021