October 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Amended birth certificate proposal introduced in NYC
Corey Johnson, birth certificate, New York City, gay news, Washington Blade

New York City Councilman Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) (Photo courtesy New York City Council)

NEW YORK — New York City officials have introduced a proposal that would allow transgender New Yorkers to amend their birth certificates without a legal name change and sex-reassignment surgery.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and gay New York City Councilman Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) each announced the proposed changes.

Under the proposal, trans New Yorkers would simply need to present an affidavit from a licensed health care provider that includes a statement requesting an amended birth certificate that “accurately reflects the applicant’s gender identity.”

The current policy dates back to 1971.

“For some transgender individuals, convertive surgery is either not an option due to the individual’s medical history or simply not desired,” said New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett. “We’re proud to propose this change to ensure New Yorkers have birth records that reflect their gender.”

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