Governor Cuomo signs bill allowing trans people to change their birth certificates

New York Governor Cuomo signed a bill allowing transgender people to change their sex on official documents.

The legislation, known as the Gender Recognition Act, arrives during Pride Month and aims to “expand protections for transgender and non-binary New Yorkers.” Senator Brad Hoylman said, “Getting the Gender Recognition Act over the finish line and signed into law is a wonderful way to celebrate Pride month in New York. Each and every New Yorker should be recognized for who they are by their government.”

New Yorkers will be allowed to use an “X” as a non-binary sex designation on driver’s licenses. A recent study found there are over one million non-binary identifying adults living in the US. The bill also eases the process for name changes, outlines the petition process to change sex designation and recognize gender identity on state documents, and permits the use of “parent” on birth certificates in a simple process.

By simplifying the process to make these changes, the state hopes to reduce violent attacks and discrimination. “Every New Yorker deserves to be free from discrimination and have state-issued identification and processes that respect them for who they are, recognize their gender identity and protect their safety,” said Governor Cuomo.



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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