NEW YORK (WBNG) -- New Yorkers have reached a major milestone today as Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law today residents' ability to express their gender identity.
The Governor signed into law the Gender Recognition Act today. The bill will allow New Yorkers to identify their own gender on official documents, marking a big victory for those who identify as transgender or non-binary.
The new law will also allow residents to use an 'X' if they do not identify as either a 'traditional' male or female.
Cuomo says this is just another example of love triumphing over hate.
In line with the signing of the new law, Governor Cuomo also ordered state landmarks to be lit using multi-colored lighting in celebration of Pride month.
The state landmarks will be lit today through the weekend until Sunday.
June 24th also marks the day 10 years ago of the passage of New York State's Marriage Equality Act.
"Ten years ago we marked yet another historic chapter of progress in our state and this nation with the Marriage Equality Law, and we didn't stop there - we've been fighting for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers and their families ever since. In honor of Pride Month and Marriage Equality Week, we are lighting landmarks all across the State in the colors of the pride flag because love always wins in New York," said Cuomo.