New York City to Add Non-Binary Gender Marker to Birth Certificates

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
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Gender nonconforming and non-binary people born in New York City will soon be able to have birth certificates that reflect that. The New York Daily News reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the gender maker bill into law, which passed in the City Council by a vote of 41 in favor and six against.


Birth certificates will now offer a third gender option, “X,” for people who don’t identify with the binary female or male. The current intersex designation on birth certificates will also be replaced by “X.” New Yorkers can now make these changes on their own; they will no longer be required to obtain a letter from a doctor to confirm their gender.

“There are plenty of New Yorkers who don’t identify as either male or female,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson at a press conference. “Gender is a spectrum for many folks, and it’s not a fixed thing. So for New Yorkers who are transgender, who are gender non-conforming, who are non-binary, to have an option to better self-identify on such an important document, their birth certificate, unlocks all sorts of things for them.”

A handful of states have begun including gender non-binary options on birth certificates, drivers licenses, or both, including California, Oregon, Maine, and Washington, DC.

Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.


I’m gonna agree with Hannah Gadsby about just considering children 8 and under to just be “children” and not make a huge distinction between boy and girl. By 9 or 10 it’ll be pretty evident to your kid how they identify. Most kids will identify their gender with their biological sex and that’s totally fine. The ones who don’t will have had a childhood without gender norms forced upon them and they’ll be all the better for it.

And to people who say “Well how am I gonna know what cloths to buy or what activities to do with my child?” The answer is, children under 8 can basically wear and do the same things, so if anything you’ve got even MORE clothing options and MORE activities to do with your child. And by god can we stop separating colors by gender?