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New York state assembly passes bill that would create gender-neutral marker on state identification

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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View of the New York state Assembly Chamber as members meet on the opening day of the 2021 legislative session at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

A New York bill that would allow people to use a gender-neutral "X" as a gender marker on driver's licenses and birth certificates passed the New York State Assembly on Thursday and now goes to the governor for final approval.

New York (CNN)A New York bill that would allow people to use a gender-neutral "X" as a gender marker on driver's licenses and birth certificates passed the New York State Assembly on Thursday and now goes to the governor for final approval.

The Gender Recognition Act, which previously passed the state Senate, would also allow New Yorkers to attest to their own gender identity when petitioning a court or updating an identification document, and no longer requires medical evidence.

If Cuomo signs the bill, New York would join 24 other states to offer a gender-neutral marker on at least some official documents, according to Andrew Ortiz, an attorney at the Transgender Law Center who advised lawmakers on the bill.

New York City already allows people born there to update their birth certificate without an affidavit from a health care provider, and they may also select a gender-neutral "X. "

"The Gender Recognition Act removes many barriers to New Yorkers' access to accurate, state-issued identity documents, does away with antiquated publication requirements for name changes, and creates clear processes for updating and obtaining accurate identification documents and records," Ortiz said.

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