Massachusetts state Senate unanimously approved a bill on Thursday that, if enacted, would allow residents to change the gender marker on their birth certificate to a nonbinary “X.”
The legislation said that the “X” would indicate on someone’s birth certificate that they are either another gender outside of the binary "male" or "female" or an undesignated gender.
The bill requires also that residents submit an affidavit in order to request a gender change on their birth certificate confirming that the person is not committing fraud and that it is to confirm their own gender identity.
For adolescents requesting a gender change on their birth certificate, the state would need an affidavit from their parent or guardian. In either case, the state would not require the individual to show any medical records, proof of a name change or court order to fulfill the request.
The legislation would allow residents to have the option to designate “X,” “M,” or “F” on their driver license and state ID.
According to a report from The Associated Press, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles had already allowed for all three gender designations to be used in those state documents in 2019. The legislation would incorporate these practices into an official law.
”This bill is about advancing basic human dignity, supporting human rights, and protecting everyone’s right to their own self-identity,” state Sen. Jo Comerford (D) said.
Comerford originally presented the legislation, according to WWLP.
”People know what gender they are. This bill simply allows their official documents to match how they self-identify. It allows for the Commonwealth to mandate gender identification and IDs as diverse as our people.”
.@MA_Senate voted unanimously to pass An Act relative to gender identity; would allow nonbinary options for state docs + birth certificates.— Jo Comerford (@Jo_Comerford) September 23, 2021
H/t @KarenSpilka @SenRodrigues; House leads @MindyForMA @MarjorieDecker; @MassTPC
@GLADLaw @massequality @JordanMeehan @MassLGBTQyouth pic.twitter.com/NR4GaRA2KN
Several other states including Oregon, Colorado, California, Washington, New Jersey and New York, also allow birth certificates to include an “X” designation, according to UPI.