Applicants no longer have to undergo surgery or change their name to amend the gender marker on their birth certificate.
By
Michaela Morgan

10 Mar 2017 - 11:17 AM  UPDATED 10 Mar 2017 - 11:17 AM

A total of 731 New Yorkers have been able to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, following a change of rules, according to NBC New York

The New York Board of Health approved a change in requirements in December 2014 that means evidence of corrective surgery or a name change is no longer needed as proof of gender identity.

Those who have been able to correct their birth certificates in the last two years have been as young as five and as old as 76, according to the state’s Department of Health.

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The new rules state that applicants bring a signed affidavit from a health care professional and pay a small fee.

Before the new changes came into effect, an average of only 20 people per year successfully applied to make the correction.

The New York Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said she was committed to protecting the rights of the transgender community.

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"As jurisdictions around the country continue to adopt policies of discrimination against transgender people, it is crucial for this city to reaffirm its commitment to equality and health equity. 

"We will continue to work with the community to recognize and affirm transgender lives, improve our services, reduce stigma and promote the health of all transgender New Yorkers," she said.

In 2016, New York issued the first intersex birth certificate in the United States.