New York State Offers Residents ‘X’ Gender Option
Starting June 24, New York state residents can select “X” as their gender on their driver’s licenses, birth certificates, and other official identification documents.
Additionally, transgender New York residents will be able to select their preferred gender designation.
“Every person, regardless of their gender identity or expression, deserves to have an identity document that reflects who they are,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said in a news release.
New York’s Gender Recognition Act goes into effect on June 24. Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the bill into law last year, allowing residents to select male, female, or “X” gender markers with “no additional documents required.”
“I’m proud to live in and represent a state that respects and values the needs of these communities – particularly as queer, and especially transgender young people, have come under attack in recent months across our country,” said New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman.