Friday, October 23, 2015

New York Transgender Rights

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his executive order to protect transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment & other areas at a dinner for the Empire State Pride Agenda. Mara Keisling Executive Director, National Center For Transgender Equality stated, “This is a step forward for transgender rights. Governor Cuomo is the first governor to exercise this power & while we are anxious to see the draft rules, we fully support this approach given the current lack of clear legal protections for transgender people under New York law. The U.S. Justice Department & many Federal courts & agencies, including the Departments of Labor, Education, Health & Human Services & the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have also affirmed that sex discrimination laws include protections for transgender people.” Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund added, “Millions of New Yorkers have been waiting for this day. We thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership in extending protections to the Empire State’s transgender & gender nonconforming communities who face discrimination in almost every area of their lives at levels much higher than LGBQ people & the general population. We want to thank all the LGBTQ organizations in New York State who have worked so diligently for this day.” Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center concluded, “Transgender Law Center applauds Governor Cuomo for taking this action to ensure transgender New Yorkers can live safely & freely as their authentic selves. As we’ve painfully witnessed again & again this year, transgender people face epidemic rates of violence, harassment & discrimination in this country. Explicit protections based on gender identity & expression, like those New York is adopting & which 19 other states have in place, are a critical part of creating a society where all people can survive & thrive.”
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Anonymous Marilyn Rosen said...

This is terrific...Thank you Governor Cuomo for making everyday living in safety a protected right for all.

October 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM  

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