Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
The New York Times’ editorial board yesterday called on New York lawmakers to pass the Gender Identity and Protections Act.
In 2003, New York passed employment protections based on sexual orientation, but only some jurisdictions currently prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit.
The Board writes,
“Senator Jeffrey Klein, the Democratic leader in the Senate’s coalition leadership, must insist on a vote. He should tell Senator Dean Skelos, the coalition’s Republican leader, that bottling up bills like this one is not part of their power-sharing deal. It would help if Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a supporter of the bill, would commit political capital to enacting the legislation before the session ends.”
In April, the New York State Assembly passed GENDA for the sixth consecutive year. The bill now sits before the State Senate, where Senate Sponsor Daniel Squadron will lead the charge to pass GENDA through the Investigations and Government Operations Committee and the full Senate.
It is time for the Senate to act. Call on your state senator today in support of GENDA.
Read the Editorial Board’s post in its entirety on The NY Times.