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.

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The bill allows New Yorkers to update their state identifications and birth certificates with a gender-neutral “X” designation.

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“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.”

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The new law also waives a rule that required name changes to be published in newspapers.

CBSNewYork Team