"Third Gender? Male, Female and Democrat?"
New Yorkers will soon be allowed to identify their gender as "non-binary" on their
birth certificates, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.
“It is so important that we act because of the absence of options at the state and federal levels,” de Blasio said of the change.
New York joins states like Washington, Oregon, New Jersey and California which already offer a non-binary gender option on birth certificates.
Staying true to traditional values, conservatives did not take news of the expected change well and rejected the idea of a third gender.
Third gender ?— RikoSuave (@RikoSuave100) October 2, 2018
Male, Female and Democrat ? pic.twitter.com/zrl5FXDm4Y
very simple...ONLY MALE AND FEMALE pic.twitter.com/7xSCS5AU4f— sylsupino (@SamSupino) October 2, 2018
Some used the bill to express transphobic sentiments.
You have no third gender really just sick men who think they are women trapped in a mans body why do they think this way there is something wrong mentally with these people— MrlnBd1 (@Bd1Mrln) October 2, 2018
But many moderates saw the bill's acknowledgment of a non-binary gender as offensive to everyone, even transgenders.
There are two genders. Transgender people just think they are the opposite gender. Which is absolutely fine. But they don’t think they’re an imaginary third gender. I think this law undermines the transgender community. It’s saying you’re not really a man or a woman.— The Thinker (@ThaThinkingMan) October 2, 2018
I’m very accepting and open minded when it comes to a lot of things. You can transition into a man or woman and have reassignment surgery, but you can’t just be nothing. It’s either an innie or an outie.— The Salty Ginger (@TheSaltyGinger1) October 2, 2018
But for transgender activist
“This new law gives power back to the transgender community to make their own changes as they know themselves best,” she said at the hearing on Tuesday.
Germania is a staff writer at Pluralist.
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