Mayor Stephanie Miner has joined leaders from across New York State, and the Empire State Pride Agenda, in calling on the legislature to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), according to a city press release.
“The time has come for equality for all New Yorkers, and it is critical GENDA pass this year so we can ensure the progressive promise of our state extends to the transgender community,” Mayor Miner stated. “I am proud to have supported LGBT rights as mayor, including opening City Hall on the first day marriage equality was the law of our state to perform same-sex weddings. Now, the time has come to give transgender New Yorkers the equal protections all citizens deserve.”
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) would add gender identity and expression to the list of classes protected under New York State’s existing Human Rights Law, officials said. The bill would prohibit discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers in housing, employment, credit, education and public accommodations.
Eighteen other states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, have already passed similar laws. In addition, eleven local governments across New York state, including the city of Syracuse, have passed non-discrimination ordinances, which means nearly 60 percent of New Yorkers already live with such protections.
“We’re proud to stand with Syracuse today, to commend them for laws and policies that protect all of its residents from discrimination, including transgender individuals who continue to be treated as second class citizens when they travel outside of Syracuse, because of their gender identity or expression, and to collectively call for the passage of GENDA,” said Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan Schaefer. “What Syracuse has demonstrated is that protecting its transgender residents has actually created a safer, stronger and more economically sound city for everyone. It’s time for the New York State Senate to pass GENDA into law because no one should be denied housing, employment or access to services simply because of who they are. New York needs to do better than that.”
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