Council Health Chair Levine to Hold Hearing on Speaker Johnson Bill to Make Birth Certificates More Inclusive to All Gender Identities

**ADVISORY**

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: City Hall Main Chamber

Contact: Jake Sporn // 516-946-5253 // jsporn@council.nyc.gov

City Hall, NY - Tomorrow, New York City Council Member Mark Levine will chair a Health Committee hearing regarding a bill proposed by Council Speaker Corey Johnson requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to amend birth certificates issued in NYC to include a third category to reflect a non-binary gender identity.

Under the proposed law, NYC birth certificates will include male, female and a new, third category of “X” to reflect a non-binary gender identity. The legislation, Int 954, also amends the law so that transgender New Yorkers will no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit by a licensed health care provider to change their gender marker. Instead, people born in New York City will be able to submit their own affidavit, which attests that the gender marker change is for the purpose of affirming their gender identity

If you can’t attend the hearing in person, a live stream will be available online here.

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