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Third gender coming to birth certificates in New York City. Where else is it allowed?

New York City is the newest location to offer an X gender on birth certificates after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new law. Oregon, Washington and California are other US states that allow it. Photo of a protest in Romania.
New York City is the newest location to offer an X gender on birth certificates after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new law. Oregon, Washington and California are other US states that allow it. Photo of a protest in Romania. AP

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law on Tuesday that adds a third gender option on birth certificates in the city.

The mayor said last week that “this is an example of respecting all New Yorkers, and giving people the freedom of self-determination and self-expression,” according to CBS New York. The third gender option, noted as “X,” is intended for gender non-conforming people.

The law also does away with the requirement that transgender people get a note from a medical professional to change their gender identity on their birth certificate, according to The New York Daily News. The change is expected to help with other forms of ID, too.

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