All 64 campuses of the State University of New York system will update their policies to allow students to use names other than the names and surnames on their birth certificates, which are determined at birth in all official institutional communications related to their gender, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday. Does. These include campus portals, class rosters, student email lists, and diplomas.
Directed by the SUNY Board of Trustees and announced in the month of Pride, the change aims to ensure the identification of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming students so that they are fully accepted and respected on campus.
Also, SUNY students will now have the option to choose “X” whenever they are asked to provide their gender. It follows Hochul’s recent decision to allow New Yorkers to represent their gender with a state driving license and “X” on the ID card.
“Everyone, regardless of their gender identity or the name they choose, deserves to have their identity documented to reflect who they are,” Hochul said in a statement. “This historic change in the SUNY system is a victory in our ongoing struggle to make New York a place to love and be loved. My administration is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure equality and respect for the LGBTQIA + community. ”