Both chambers of the State Legislature passed a bill allowing New Yorkers to update their state IDs and birth certificates with a gender-neutral “x” designation while also waiving a rule requiring name changes to be published in newspapers.
The Gender Recognition Act, led by out gay lawmakers Brad Hoylman, the lead sponsor in the upper house, and Daniel O’Donnell, the lead sponsor in the lower chamber, cleared the State Senate on June 8 and the State Assembly on June 10. It now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk.
Under the Gender Recognition Act, trans and non-binary New Yorkers would no longer feel constrained to conform to a binary gender on their state-issued ID and would not be required to present a doctor’s note to change their gender marker on their ID. Notably, the bill waives an outdated policy that forced individuals to publish their legal name change in a newspaper. Some judges have already waived these requirements, but only on a case-by-case basis.