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City Council Committee Discusses Adding Gender 'X' Category To Birth Certificates

June 13, 2018 - 2:00 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A City Council committee held a hearing Wednesday to add a new gender category to New York City birth certificates.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the legislation would permit people born in New York City who do not identify as male or female to change their birth certificate gender category to X.

“A birth certificate is a critical document, and having one that correctly reflects your gender identity is a basic human right,” said City Council Health Committee Chairman Mark Levine (D-7th).

AC Dumlao, who identifies as a transgender, nonbinary individual, testified before the committee.

Lamb caught up with Dumlao later.

“I was born in New York City. I was born in Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. I have a birth certificate that says I am female, but today, 27 years later, I understand my gender identity to be a nonbinary person – not fully female, not fully male,” Dumlao said.

As Dumlao put it, to have a document that would say “X” to say, “I am neither male nor female,” would be “extremely affirming to me.”