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New Yorkers can now choose an ‘X’ gender marker on their ID cards


New York residents can now choose an ‘X’ marker for their gender on state ID cards

The change is a part of the Gender Recognition Act, which was passed by the New York State Assembly in 2021. New Yorkers can have their gender marker changed to “X” on their license driver’s license, learner’s license or non-driver identification card at all Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices statewide, according to a press release from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office. From July, residents can also change the marker online.

“As we prepare to celebrate Pride Month in just a few days, I am thrilled to announce this historic change which represents another victory in our fight to help ensure equality and respect for the LGBTQ+ community,” Hochul said in the statement.

“Every person, regardless of their gender identity or expression, deserves to have an identity document that reflects who they are,” she said. “My administration remains committed to ensuring that New York is a place of value, love and belonging for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Gender Recognition Act will come into full effect on June 24. In addition to allowing New Yorkers to change their gender marker, the legislation will allow them to certify their own gender identity when going to court or updating an identification document, eliminate the requirement to publish name changes in a local newspaper and to allow parents to choose to be referred to as “father”, “mother” or “parent” on their child’s birth certificate.

The decision comes as several states have pushed a wave of Republican-led anti-transgender legislation. In April, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed legislation banning non-binary gender markers on birth certificates. And earlier this week, Indiana banned transgender women and girls from competing on public school sports teams based on their gender.

With the new legislation, New York joins 24 states that offer a gender-neutral marker on at least some official documents, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“This is a significant step forward in the fight for lived equality for transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people in New York State,” said Carl Charles, senior attorney at Lambda Legal. , a civil rights organization focused on LGBTQ rights. in the release. The nonprofit previously filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sander Saba, a non-binary transgender New York resident who was seeking a driver’s license that accurately reflected his non-binary gender identity.

“Non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers now have access to accurate, state-issued identification documents that are essential to daily life in New York City,” Charles said.

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