As societies evolve policies are developed to recognize and formalize these changes. One current context for change is New York City and the concept that has undergone significant change is gender. Many individuals no longer identify with the traditional binary distinction of male or female. Subsequently, new gender categories have emerged (e.g., bi-gender, pan gender, androgynous). Indeed, a total of 31 gender categories have been recognized by the NYC Commission of Human Rights. The goal behind this acknowledgement is to encourage equitable treatment and respect of all individuals within the workplace. NYC businesses that do not accommodate individuals identifying with any of these gender identities can face a fine of up to $250,000 in an anti-discrimination law suit on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.
Ade, Deborah O., "Redefining Gender & Gender Expression through Self-Perceptions & Self-Reflections" (2020). CUNY Academic Works.