The New York Civil Liberties Union today commended the New York City Council for passing a bill that makes it easier for transgender New Yorkers to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates.

“This change comes as welcome news to the many New Yorkers struggling with harassment, discrimination, and endless bureaucratic nightmares all because they lack identification documents that match who they are,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “We applaud the City Council and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for their efforts to promote equal opportunity for transgender New Yorkers.”

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene plans to adopt a matching policy at its meeting tomorrow. The change follows a New York State policy update earlier this year removing a similar surgical requirement and brings New York City one step closer to creating a safe and equal city for transgender New Yorkers.