Cuomo Signs Gender Recognition Act Into Law, Marks Marriage Anniversary


On the 10-year anniversary of marriage equality in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation giving New Yorkers the ability to update their state identification and birth certificates with an “x” gender designation. The law also waives an outdated rule requiring folks to publish name changes in newspapers.

The Gender Recognition Act eliminates barriers that undermine the health, safety, and equality of people because of their gender,” Cuomo said as he delivered remarks at Chelsea Piers on June 24. “It affirms basic human dignity and it ends discrimination… It allows each individual to identify their own gender, not by any government-designed form.”