New York to recognize third gender in COVID-19, health data reporting 

Jackie Drees –
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

The New York Department of Health has actually upgraded its essential records gender policy to recognize the nonbinary gender X in health records, consisting of COVID-19 records, according to an Aug. 3 WXXI News report..

The Vital Records Department altered the policy June 12. LGBTQ civil liberties attorney Milo Primeaux informed WXXI News that the upgrade came the same day that an assistant chief law officer called to inform him that the state was granting his clients demand to alter their birth certificate to the nonbinary gender X..

New York City Department of Health spokesperson Erin Silk said that the department is committed to broadening data collection to consist of gender X and is concentrating on updating the kind the state laboratory uses to analyze samples to include both nonbinary and transgender options..

The state attorney general verified that the Vital Records Departments policy was altered, which New York will now legally acknowledge the third gender in health records statewide to include more individuals who do not identify as female or male..

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