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New Mexico Becomes Fourth State to Allow Gender-Neutral Sex Designation on Birth Certificates

October 29, 2019 - Vital Records - Information

First New Mexicans to Update Information at NM Bureau of Vital Records in Santa Fe

As of today, October 29th, 2019, New Mexicans can take advantage of a new law which allows people who identify as transgender, nonbinary, intersex, and other gender-expansive identities to confirm their correct gender on their birth certificate.

Today, the New Mexico Department of Health promulgated the rules implementing the Vital Records Modernization Act, as signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham earlier this year. The new legislation and subsequent rule updates the process for correction of sex designation on New Mexico birth certificates, affirming contemporary healthcare standards and making the sex designation correction process accessible and practical.

The legislation (SB 20), sponsored by Senator Jacob Candelaria - NM 26, provides for a gender-neutral sex designation, an “X”, for those whose gender identity is other than M or F. New Mexico is the fourth state to include a gender-neutral sex designation on birth certificates. Additionally, with the promulgation of the rule implementing the Act, New Mexico becomes the eighth state to allow for the amendment of birth certificates through self-attestation. This removes the outdated requirement of gender confirmation surgery.

“I’m consistently reminded why I’m proud to be a New Mexican,” states Adrian N. Carver, the executive director of Equality New Mexico. “Our state consistently leads the nation in securing legal equality for members of the LGBTQ+ community and that’s because, deep down, New Mexicans are accepting, tolerant, and welcoming to people – especially people who are different.” “The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico is proud to have partnered with Equality New Mexico on this critical initiative for transgender people.”

“Our lawmakers and Governor Lujan Grisham have once again shown a strong commitment to the safety and access of transgender people in our state,” says Adrien Lawyer, Co-Director of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. “The ability to update a foundational identity document like a birth certificate to match one’s identity and presentation is a necessity. This is a great day for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Mexicans who desire to update their birth certificates.”

“New Mexico belongs to each of us,” says Senator Candelaria. “For my transgender family and community, your state government sees you and recognizes today the equal right you have to the full protection of the law. Thank you for being authentically who you are—your courage strengthens our community”

At 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 29th, representatives from Equality New Mexico and the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico will take a small group of New Mexicans to the Vital Records Office who will be the first to take advantage of the benefits of the bill. Representatives from the Department of Health, Equality New Mexico, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and Sen. Candelaria will be available for interviews.


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Nuevo México Se Convierte en el Cuarto Estado en Permitir Designar Género Neutral como Sexo en Certificados de Nacimiento