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Default NEW YORK Queer City Council approves bill to add third gender on birth certificates


City Council approves bill to add third gender on birth certificates
By Rich Calder
September 12, 2018 | 8:08pm

Corey Johnson speaks at a hearing in 2014 introducing legislation making it easier for transgender people to change the sex on their birth certificates. AP

The City Council on Wednesday approved legislation that will allow New Yorkers to select a third gender category on their birth certificates.

The change, which has the backing of Mayor de Blasio , ensures a new “non-binary” identity category known as “X” will be available on birth certificates for those who don’t consider their gender to be male or female.

It was approved 41-6 in a Council vote.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who introduced the legislation, said it will make “New York birth certificates more inclusive for all and will send a powerful signal to the world that New York City government works for everyone.”

But Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens), who voted against the bill, told The Post afterwards that he’s concerned it will open the door to “abuse” and other “public safety issues.”

“Just having anyone – without going through a doctor – say they’re another gender or X; that could lead to abuse and all sorts of problems,” he said. “We need more oversight.”

“How does ‘X’ describe a person? Don’t we have to have some standards and order?” he asked.

Under the bill, transgender New Yorkers will no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit by a licensed health care provider to change their gender on the government form. Instead, those born in the Big Apple will be able to submit their own affidavit requesting a gender-identity change.
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