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Published On: Thu, Jun 7th, 2018

New York City to buck science for political correctness, adding third gender option on birth certificates

New York City is set to add a third gender option for birth certificates, fully denying the reality that that gender is intrinsically tied to sex. The a new proposal offers a non-binary gender option, designated as “X,” to appear on NYC birth certificates. ​

“Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said the new category of ‘X’ would be available through the proposal, which is expected to be introduced by Johnson on Thursday with public hearings to be held later this month,” reports The Associated Press.

If it passes, New York City would join California, Oregon and Washington in having the third category on birth certificates, while Washington, D.C. allows it on driver’s licenses.

Parents already have the option to mark their newborn child’s sex as “undetermined,” but the new gender “X” proposal is aimed at “non-binary” adults who wish to change their birth certificates.

photo courtesy of LC.org

The new proposal would not require gender reassignment surgery nor an affidavit or affirmation from a medical or mental health professional saying the New Yorker’s “gender identity is more accurately reflected by changing the gender designation.”

De Blasio applauded the proposals to rid the binary gender system from official documents and seemingly advance the liberal cause of erasing gender entirely.

“Pride Month is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come in the fight for equality, and re-affirm our commitment to protecting all New Yorkers from discrimination,” de Blasio said. “This proposal will allow transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers to live with the dignity and respect they deserve, and make our City fairer.”

Johnson said, “This is about making it easier for people to be who they truly are and letting them know that New York City understands them and has their backs.”

The change also is expected to be considered on June 5 at a meeting of the Board of Health, with a hearing in July and a vote in September if the board agrees. The legislation in the City Council will match the language of the proposal that the Board of Health is considering.

“Transgender New Yorkers, like everyone else, should have birth certificates that reflect their true gender identity,” said Dr. Mary Bassett, the city’s health commissioner. “We know that being able to live your authentic gender and gender expression is critical to physical and mental health. Now more than ever, we must ensure that all people can live their best and healthiest lives.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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