Tuesday, June 05, 2018

And Now All Six States

All of the New England states will now have protection for us; New Hampshire was the last state to pass a gender inclusive non-discrimination law.
Transgender Bill Awaiting Sununu's Signature Celebrated At Concord Pride Event
By Savannah Maher
June 4, 2018

Members of New Hampshire's LGBTQ community kicked off Pride month in style Saturday. There were colorful costumes, musical performances, and drag queens on the State House lawn.

But this year, attendees had something extra to celebrate. A bill, passed by the Legislature earlier this spring, will include gender identity in New Hampshire's civil rights laws.

Governor Chris Sununu has said he'll sign it. When he does, transgender residents will be legally protected against discrimination.
It was a long battle to get the law passed, the first time the bill was introduced not even the bill sponsored voted for it. NBC reported,
The bill, which passed the House in March, would ban discrimination based on gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations, in addition to the protections that already exist based on race, sex, religion and sexual orientation. It passed the Senate 14-10, with four Republicans joining all 10 Democrats in voting yes.
Now on to New York!
Why a Groundbreaking Trans Rights Bill Has Failed in New York State For 11 Straight Years
By: Nico Lang
21 May 2018

For the 11th consecutive year, New York has failed to pass a groundbreaking transgender rights bill shielding trans people from discrimination.

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) was defeated on Tuesday by a Senate vote of five to four, meaning New York will soon be the only state in New England lacking laws on the books preventing transgender individuals from bias in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
Although the majority Democratic New York Assembly approved GENDA by a 100-43 margin earlier this month, the landmark bill was defeated in the upper house of the legislature the same way it has for more than a decade: along party lines.

The five Republicans on the majority conservative Senate Committee on Investigations and Government and Operations all voted against the trans rights bill. These politicians are Sens. Martin Golden of Brooklyn, Andrew J. Lanza of Staten Island, Terrence Murphy of Yorktown, Thomas O’Mara of Big Flats, and Elaine Phillips of Flower Hill.
First we need to work to keep Massachusetts public accommodation law and then we need to work to change the Senate in New York.

Um… Nico, I don’t know how to tell you this but New York in not one of the six New England states.

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