Pass the Gender Recognition Act

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To do basic things like rent an apartment, access public benefits, or drive a car, New Yorkers need identity documents. Transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary New Yorkers deserve access to identity documents that reflect who they are and enable them to fully participate in society.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Governor Cuomo to sign the Gender Recognition Act into law.

Message Recipient: Governor Andrew Cuomo

Driver's License with X gender marker
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To rent an apartment, access public benefits, open a bank account, enroll one’s child in school, or drive a car, New Yorkers need identity documents. Transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary New Yorkers deserve access to identity documents that reflect who they are and enable them to fully participate in society. Inaccurate identity documents can lead to harassment and abuse, particularly from police.

Unfortunately, the process to change the name or gender marker on a New York identity document is antiquated, cumbersome, and for many, shaming. State law requires applicants to publish their current names, previous or “dead” names, their addresses, their birth dates, and their places of birth in a designated newspaper.

This requirement violates New Yorkers’ privacy and dignity and can put people in danger of discrimination, ridicule, or even violence. Making matters worse, the only gender markers available for some identity documents are “male” and “female,” erasing non-binary people entirely.

The Gender Recognition Act, A.5465-D/S.4402-B, would ensure that X gender markers are available on all New York identity documents and create a privacy-protective, streamlined, and non-stigmatizing process for people to change the names and gender markers on their identity documents.

As too many states around the country mount legislative attacks on transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary youth, New York has an opportunity to affirm transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary people. The Gender Recognition Act won’t just allow people to access accurate identification, it will help save lives. It deserves your support.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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