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NYC Adds Third Gender 'X' Option to Official City ID Cards

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks in queens

New York City's free identification card, marking its launch four years ago, has added a third gender for users to select.

IDNYC is available for city residents ages 10 years and up, and was designed so that populations who might not otherwise possess a valid ID can have official photo identification, such as the homeless, undocumented immigrants, the elderly, and those who have served time behind bars.

With the ID, users can get access to city buildings and services, get discounts, get a library card, and have something to show a cop if asked for identification by police. It can't be used to buy booze, drive, or prove the right to work in the United States.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that “in the fairest big city in America, we have a mandate to further our commitment to justice and access for all transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming New Yorkers," so the IDNYC will reflect that.

The more than 1.25 million IDNYC users have not been required to pick male or female when applying for the card, and are also able to change genders on the card at any point without being assessed an additional fee.

Now, IDNYC applicants and current cardholders will be able to choose a third gender option, denoted as “X.”