NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On the 10th anniversary of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, new legislation expands protections for transgender and non-binary New Yorkers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Gender Recognition Act into law Thursday.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie's Remains Found In Florida Nature Reserve, Officials Say
The bill allows New Yorkers to update their state identifications and birth certificates with a gender-neutral “X” designation.READ MORE: Man Taken Into Custody After Shooting Just Steps Away From Bronx School
“The Gender Recognition Act eliminates barriers that undermine the health, safety and equality of people because of their gender,” Cuomo said. “It affirms basic human dignity.”MORE NEWS: Paterson Youth Football Team Gets $10,000 Gift From New York Giants, Dunkin' Donuts
The new law also waives a rule that required name changes to be published in newspapers.