The bill would also allow parents the choice to be designated as “father,” mother” or “parent” on their child’s birth certificate.
The bill passed with 113 in favor, and 36 against. It’s unclear whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sign the bill.
“Today is a proud day for New York State, as we secure our standing as a leader in LGBTQ rights and ensure that transgender, nonbinary, and intersex New Yorkers have the equality and dignity they deserve,” sponsor Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell said in a news release. “No one should face overwhelming financial, medical, and bureaucratic barriers simply to have their existence officially recognized.”
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.
“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. “While there is still much work to do, we celebrate this important step forward.”