Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Today the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act passed the New York State Assembly by a vote of 85 to 46.  This bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations and credit.  Currently, New York protects gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and has done so since 2003.

It is the sixth consecutive year the bill has passed the State Assembly. The bill now moves to 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.

HRC is a proud member of the coalition to pass GENDA, and has been working alongside the Empire State Pride Agenda and Housing Works to help pass this vital piece of legislation. HRC volunteers and staff participated in today's Equality and Justice Lobby Day in Albany, which HRC helped sponsor, and were on hand to see the debate in the Assembly prior to passage. 

Congratulations to the Trans Rights Coalition and Assemblyman Gottfried for today's success.

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