NEW YORK — New York City lawmakers on Dec. 8 approved a bill that will allow transgender New Yorkers to change the gender on their birth certificates without sex reassignment surgery.
Members of the New York City Council by a 39-5 vote margin approved the measure that gay Council member Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) introduced. Seven lawmakers did not attend the vote.
“We are thrilled by the passage of this legislation,” said Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed a 2011 lawsuit on behalf of four trans New Yorkers who challenged the long-standing policy. “Today’s action will dramatically improve the lives of transgender people born in New York City.”
Joanne Prinzivalli, one of the plaintiffs in the TLDEF lawsuit, also welcomed the bill’s passage.
“My birth certificate was incorrect when it was filled out, and it is still incorrect to this day,” she said. “The old policy was unfair to me and to other transgender people who just want ID that reflects who we are. I am extremely relieved and grateful for the city’s action.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has indicated he will sign the bill into law.