- April 30, 2014
On Tuesday, over 600 LGBT activists lobbied and rallied in Albany, New York in favor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). This bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit.
Lobby days are always exciting and Equality and Justice Day, organized by the Empire State Pride Agenda, was no exception. People came from all corners of New York to talk to their Senators and Assembly members about why prohibiting discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people is so important to them. It was inspiring to be surrounded by so many people who are completely committed to passing GENDA and passionate about equal rights for transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers.
Participating directly in democracy by is a powerful thing. If you are a New Yorker but couldn’t attend Equality and Justice Day, it is not too late to be a part of making this important bill become a law. Please contact your legislators and urge them to support GENDA. It is beyond time that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression be prohibited by a state that has always been a leader on matters of LGBT equality.
Pictured: Cathryn Oakley, HRC Staff; Rhonda Patillo, HRC New York Steering Committee; Nathan Schaefer, Executive Director of Empire State Pride Agenda; Whitney Lovell, HRC Staff; and Jeff Friedman, HRC volunteer. Photo Cred: Marilyn Abalos, HRC New York Steering Committee