New Mexico considers introducing X gender marker

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New Mexico could become the seventh US state to have the X gender marker for non-binary people in birth certificates alongside the traditional M and F for male and female respectively. If passed, Senate Bill 20 would allow people to define themselves as male, female or with the letter X, which covers all other gender identities, New Mexico TV station KRQE has reported. As well as similar bills and laws in other states, the New Mexico bill includes the point which would allow to change the gender marker in birth certificates without medical approval. It means that trans people will be able to be assigned in their birth certificates by the true gender before or even without gender reassignment surgery. The bill, which was introduced on January 15, has passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee and is set to move to the floor for a vote. Three Democrats co-sponsored the bill, including Senator Jacob Candelaria.

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