NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed a bill that adds a third gender category on birth certificates issued in New York City.

The new non-binary identity category, known as X, is for those who don’t consider their gender to be male or female.

A letter from a physician or an affidavit by a licensed health care provider will no longer be provided.

Residents can now submit their own affidavit requesting a change in gender identity.

“New Yorkers should be free to tell their government who they are, not the other way around,” de Blasio said. “This new legislation will empower all New Yorkers – especially our transgender and gender non-binary residents – to have birth certificates that better reflect their identity, and it furthers the City’s commitment to defending the rights of our LGBTQ community.”

“For the first time, all New Yorkers will be able to get a birth certificate that reflects and affirms their lived reality,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “We will not stop there— we strive to extend that dignity to every aspect of life. We will stand strong against any attempt to deny members of the LGBTQ community the respect or safety they deserve as fellow human beings.”

“Today is a landmark day for our city,” said Speaker Corey Johnson. “New York is sending a clear message to people who are transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary that we are here for you. This law will help those friends, neighbors and colleagues better self-identify on their birth certificates, a document that’s so important in everyday life.”

Last week, de Blasio held a public hearing on his birth certificate proposal.

“This is an example of respecting all New Yorkers, and giving people the freedom of self-determination and self-expression,” de Blasio said.

Prior to 2014, New Yorkers seeking to change the gender on their birth certificates had to have undergone gender confirmation surgery first.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (19)
  1. Katie Keiger says:

    my thing is there’s 7 videos playing on this one article! how the heck am I supposed to concentrate?

  2. JohnFamodimu says:

    deBlasio and his City Council members are sick. The City of New York is the modern Day Sodom and Gomorrah. We need to pray for New York State. I advice expected mothers to stop having their babies in New York City in order to avoid this horrible stigma in their children birth certificate.

  3. Scott Smith says:

    When a person is confused about their gender, it becomes a mental issue, not a gender change issue. Libs have lost their minds about things that are written in stone. Maybe they have been hit by too many stones, or not enough.

  4. Scotty Gunn says:

    I don’t even know where to begin…

  5. Ngallendou Dièye says:

    O God, please, rebuke the dark spirit that has gripped the mayor of NYC. Please, honour those who honour your wise creation.

  6. bvikay says:

    Further proof that democrats are just stupid. Geez.

  7. David Maxwell says:

    This from the folks that call us science “deniers”. Give us a shout when you find those additional chromosomes and the gay gene.

  8. Robbie Carroll says:

    X & Y are already spoken for; TRY “Z” stupid!

  9. Dorothy Cohen says:

    That’s fine. Just don’t bother him while he’s working out.

  10. Why are they ignoring REAL problems and wasting time on this stuff? What is wrong with Liberals? Can’t they address anything real?

  11. Richard Krumm says:

    In a separate story Da Blasio released the results of an IQ exam he had recently taken. Oddly enough that score was also “X”.

  12. Phillis Stedman says:

    There are only 2 genders and EVERYBODY knows it. WTH is wrong with you people?

  13. Laurence Almond says:

    This is really about destroying the Civil society and Western Civilization. deBlasio wants us to return to the dark ages and barbarism; that is why he loves third world illiterate imports.

    1. A liberal progressive. .You are born male or female, period. Worst mayor ever.

  14. Alan Greenleaf says:

    So, 18 years later the person goes to apply for a job…. Uh oh…

  15. So deBlasio now thinks he is better and more knowledgeable than God… so does satan!!!

  16. Otto VonSchlingen says:

    And the next generation will turn against their parents for this foolish abuse.

  17. Jeff Gibson says:

    When a baby is born, the doctor will identify whether it looks male or female. Is Dr. deBlasio telling us the doctor is wrong?

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