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: NYPD: 2 Gunman Wanted After 10 Shot Outside Queens Laundromat
The bill allows New Yorkers to update their state identifications and birth certificates with a gender-neutral “X” designation.READ MORE: COVID In New York: Mask Mandates Not Being Re-Imposed Just Yet As Concern Grows Over Delta Variant
“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: NYPD: 3 Shot In Washington Heights, No Arrests
The new law also waives a rule that required name changes to be published in newspapers.