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(Reuters) – The New York State Assembly passed a bill that would allow people who do not identify as male or female to use an “X” as a marker to designate their sex on driver’s licenses, as the community LGBTQ commemorates Pride Month. in the U.S.

The new marker would help the identity of transgender, non-binary and intersex people be recognized in government documents, according to a statement Thursday https://nyassembly.gov/Press/?sec=story&story=97536 from the assembly president. , Carl Heastie, and Assemblyman Daniel O ‘. Donnell.

“The provisions of this bill will make life safer, reduce stigma, and affirm the identities of many of our friends and neighbors,” O’Donnell said in the statement.

The New York bill will also remove the requirement for consent from any party other than the person while requesting a name change, according to the statement.

President Joe Biden had issued a proclamation to mark the start of Pride Month on June 1, urging Congress to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination by passing the Equality Act and noting the lack of protection of their rights. in many states.

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