New York City Takes a Big Step with Gender

New York City Takes a Big Step with Gender

NYC has a new law that makes it easier for people to match their birth certificate to their gender identity without a doctor’s note. Do you think they should still have to present a doctor’s note?

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Per CNN, New York City started off the new year by passing a law that makes it easier for transgender and gender non-conforming (non-binary) New Yorkers to match their birth certificate to their gender identity.

In the past, individuals looking to have their gender marker altered on their certificate would have had to show proof of sex-reassignment surgery. But now, New York City has joined Oregon, California, Washington and Idaho in permitting a change to the birth certificate without a signature from a medical expert.

“You don’t need a doctor to tell you who you are and you shouldn’t need a doctor to change your birth certificate to reflect your true self,” New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said in a June statement when the law was first proposed.

According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, “transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers deserve the right to choose how they identify and to live with respect and dignity.”

“Our city respects your gender identity and the right to have it affirmed on your birth certificate,” de Blasio’s office tweeted the day the law went into effect.

And now, under the law, people born in New York City can apply to have the gender marker on their birth certificate changed by submitting a certified application stating that the change is to reflect their “true gender identity and is not for any fraudulent purpose.” This move helps the city decrease legal red tape for non-binary individuals.

The law creates a new gender-neutral label, “X,” for those who identify as non-binary. Michael Lanza, a spokesperson for the New York City Health Department, told CNN that It won’t be available at birth, but it will be an option for modifying youth certificates.

Ethan Rice, senior attorney at Lambda Legal (a civil rights group that advocates for LGBTQ individuals) and co-chair of the advisory board that worked with city officials to create the law, said, “It felt really monumental to me. It’s great to have something like this come to fruition.”

It’s a progressive step for a progressive city. Perhaps other states will follow suit.

If you want to read more about this, you can check it out on CNN here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

NYC has a new law that makes it easier for people to match their birth certificate to their gender identity without a doctor’s note. Do you think they should still have to present a doctor’s note?

Totals
82% Ya, more official
18% Not necessary
Males
81% Ya, more official
19% Not necessary
Females
83% Ya, more official
17% Not necessary

Ya, more official

Not necessary


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