Sunday, June 16, 2013

Trans-Equality For New Yorkers

There was an editorial in the New York Times saying it was time for the New York State Senate to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)
Civil Rights for Transgender People
Published: June 12, 2013

New York stood for equality by approving same-sex marriage two years ago. It is time now for state lawmakers to extend basic civil rights protections to transgender people. The 2002 state statute that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, education, credit and public accommodations does not explicitly cover transgender people.
A measure to outlaw discrimination based on gender identity or expression — the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or Genda, sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Senator Daniel Squadron — passed the Democratic-led Assembly in April for the sixth time. There is a good chance it would also pass the Senate, with nearly all Democrats and some Republicans voting in favor. The challenge is getting the bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote before the end of the legislative session, scheduled on June 20.
Here in Connecticut we had the same problem, the senate sat on the bill and it took a strong commitment by the governor to get the bill to come to a vote in both the House and the Senate.

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