Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to fight for protections for the transgender community.
Gov. Cuomo announced that if re-elected, he will work to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) which would include gender identity and expression in New York’s civil rights law. In a letter to Empire State Pride Agenda, Gov. Cuomo wrote, “I write to reiterate my deep commitment to protect the rights of all New Yorkers, including those in the transgender community. Indeed, New York State has a long history of advancing transformative civil rights laws in an effort to protect disadvantaged citizens. We must continue to advance progressive reforms to protect those who continue to suffer discrimination without recourse.”
In June, the New York Assembly passed GENDA for a remarkable seventh time, but the bill has never received a vote in the State Senate.
Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer said in a statement, “We’re also so pleased to have this letter in hand, highlighting the Governor’s commitment to the passage of GENDA. We look forward to working closely with Governor Cuomo during his second term to ensure that all LGBT New Yorkers and our families are protected under the law...”
New York is one of one thirty-two states with no state law protecting against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and one of only three states with laws protecting against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but not on the basis of gender identity.