New York (AP) – A New York City law allows residents who don’t identify as male or female to change their birth certificates to “X.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill which goes into effect January 1, 2019. The measure passed earlier this year.
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 and Washington state in allowing a third gender option on birth certificates. A similar provision takes effect in New Jersey in February. Washington, D.C. allows gender-neutral driver licenses.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, a Democrat, said New Yorkers should be free to tell their government who they are – and “not the other way around.”