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NY changes birth certificate gender policy

Albany, N.Y. -- New York state is changing the policy regarding gender markers on birth certificates.

The state will no longer require people have surgery to change their gender on a birth certificate.

Now, they will only need proof from a licensed medical provider stating the applicant is undergoing treatment.

The policy hasn't been changed since the 1970's.

"This is tremendous news for New York and especially for the transgender community, and a great step forward to ensuring many transgender New Yorkers no longer need to undergo a process they not wish to in order to receive an identity document that truly reflects who they are," said Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer.

The old rules requiring detailed surgical records made it impossible to get documents like passports and driver licenses because the gender on their birth certificate didn't match their identity.

New York joins a number of federal agencies and states that already offer similar guidelines.

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Washington Times