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Should parents be able to choose a 'gender-neutral' option on birth certificates?

New York City is the latest community to allow residents to choose a third, gender-neutral option on birth certificates. Supporters say a neutral option on birth certificates is a major achievement for the transgender community, as it does not force anyone into a single gender identity. Although parents cannot choose the gender-neutral option for babies at birth, they will be able to change a child's gender later on. Some say this would only increase the confusion a child has to face when growing up and discovering their identities. What do you think?

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In a major announcement in early October, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that city residents will be able to choose a gender-neutral "X" option on birth certificates. The new law will impact both parents and adults, as residents will now be able to change their gender on their birth certificates without an affidavit from a doctor. According to HuffPost's Willa Frej, De Blasio made a declaration at the bill's signing ceremony:

'New Yorkers should be free to tell their government who they are, not the other way around...You be you. Live your truth. And know that New York City will have your back.'

Reuters's Daniel Trotta notes that New York City is now the fifth place to offer such an option, coming after California, Oregon, Washington state, New Jersey and Washington D.C. According to Trotta: 

Transgender advocates have been pressing governments to allow identity documents to be more easily changed to match gender identity. They say strict male and female categories are a form of discrimination against transgender people that labels them against their will.

One transgender activist who took part in the signing ceremony, Asapansa-Johnson Walker, said:

'This change may seem small but it is monumental...Imagine having to out yourself over and over and over again to strangers. Future generations will not have to suffer.'
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Medical News Today lays out the difference between gender and sex:

In general terms, 'sex' refers to the biological differences between males and females, such as the genitalia and genetic differences.
'Gender' is more difficult to define, but it can refer to the role of a male or female in society, known as a gender role, or an individual's concept of themselves, or gender identity.

Some people are rolling their eyes in response to gender-neutral options on birth certificates, saying this is yet another reflection of the politically-correct culture.

Guardian Liberty Voice's Barbara Sobel points out that the neutral option "X" will not be made available for parents to choose when their babies are first born, but it will be possible for parents to amend their child's birth certificate later on.

Some feel that although gender identity may be determined later on in life, choosing a neutral gender for a child too early could lead to greater confusion. According to this camp, adults should not have barriers to changing their own gender on birth certificates or any other official document, but doing so for a young child will undoubtedly lead to an identity crisis–one that might have been avoided.  

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