Meet the first non-binary New Yorker to get IDNYC's new gender marker

Starting last week, transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming New Yorkers are now able to select a third gender on their IDNYC, New York’s free, government issued, state-id card.

To mark the announcement, GLAAD followed Jackie, a New York City student, as they became the first New Yorker to get the ‘X’ gender marker on their IDNYC.

In the below video, Jackie reflects on the ease of registering for an IDNYC, and explains why the new gender maker is so important to them.

GLAAD also spoke with Ashe McGovern, Senior LGBTQ Policy Advisor, Office of the Mayor of New York City, who explains why these third gender options are important to the community at large.

McGovern says, “we know that trans and non-binary folks, particularly folks of color and immigrant communities, experience widespread discrimination in housing, employment, healthcare, school, and in public spaces […][the addition of a third gender marker] helps to decrease the likelihood that folks are going to experience discrimination and puts power back in our communities to decide who they share information with and how about their gender identity or expression.”

Check out the full video below.

GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, applauded the new IDNYC card: “GLAAD is proud to work with New York City to amplify the importance of adding a third gender option on the IDNYC and how easy it is for transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming New Yorkers to receive. New York City’s move to recognize all LGBTQ New Yorkers should encourage other cities and states to create inclusive identity cards and documents as well.”

For more information about the IDNYC, call 311 or visit nyc.gov/idnyc. For more information about GLAAD's work, please visit http://www.glaad.org, http://facebook.com/glaad, and http://twitter.com/glaad.