A project New York law that would allow people to use a non-sexist X as a gender marker on driver's licenses and birth certificates was passed Thursday by the State Assembly of New York and now goes to Governor for final approval. The Gender Recognition Act , which has already been passed by the State Senate, would also allow New Yorkers to attest to their own gender identity when they go to court or update an ID, and no longer requires medical evidence. The bill would also eliminate the obligation to publish changesby name in a local newspaper, according to the text of the bill. The bill would also allow parents to be named as father, mother or parent on their child's birth certificate. The push for an X option has been part of a long effort by the transgender community and others to allow easier changes to gender markers on documents.Official documents help protect the safety of transgender people and allow them better access to housing, employment or other public benefits, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality .