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{MIDDAYS WITH JAZZY MCBEE} GENDER-NEUTRAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES LAW IN EFFECT IN NEW YORK CITY

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Boy, Girl or X?

 

New York City residents have a new option for denoting gender on their birth certificates: gender “X.”

A law allowing the choice of “X” took effect Tuesday. The measure passed earlier this year.

It allows people to change their birth certificates to “X” by attesting that it reflects their “true gender identity.” Parents also can choose “X” for newborns.

New York City is not alone when it comes to a third option to go with male or female. California, Oregon, and Washington all allow for a non-binary gender choice. New Jersey will have a similar law next month. New York City’s law removed the requirement that forced an evaluation by a medical or mental health professional permitting the gender change. That law replaced one that allowed birth certificate gender changes only in cases of gender reassignment surgery, sources report.

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