People who were born in New York City and do not identify as male or female can now select the gender-neutral designation of X on their birth certificates.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the provision into law last week. In 2014, the city passed a law that removed the requirements of surgery and legal name-change for transgender people who wished to change the gender designated on their birth certificate from female to male or male to female.
Now, gender nonconforming or non-binary transgender people can also choose an option they say honors their identities, also without surgery or legal name-change.
The law gives New Yorkers the freedom to "tell the government who they are and not the other way around," de Blasio said.