Governor Cuomo announced extension of discrimination protections for transgender people in New York, during a meeting at Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo brought brilliantly good news at the meeting held by the Empire State Pride Agenda, a leading advocacy group for LGBT rights.
For a long while, Albany has been playing the ping-pong game with legislative measures meant to enforce anti-discrimination regulations for transgender people. The State Assembly, led by Democrats has repeatedly backed such measures. To no surprise, the State Senate led by Democrats, has repeatedly revoked them and the status quo has been resumed.
Governor Cuomo announced that 1945-enforced New York State Human Rights Law will be expanded with a set of regulations targeting the extension of discrimination protections for transgender people, in addition to general provision on gender identity and gender dysphoria.
New York’s Governor added that the addition is long overdue. Referring to such regulations being already in place for the bisexual community but not for transgender people, Governor Andrew Cuomo stated:
“The law left out the T so to speak. That was not right, it was not fair, and it was not legal”.
It’s certainly an acclaimed move for the transgender community. However, it also signals a slight leftist turn for Governor Cuomo, who is a centre Democrat. Resolving the long-building frustration of people in Albany where the Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act has failed only in June, can only build more trust and support.
The Human Rights Campaign, another group advocating for gay rights and led by Chad Griffin has released a list encompassing the states that have so far enforced discrimination protections against transgender people. Nearly 20 states are found on the list, and Andrew Cuomo just added another success story.
According to further declarations made during the meeting held by Empire State Pride Agenda, the extension would apply to all New Yorkers in the transgender community. Public accommodation will also be included in the comprehensive plan.
By next week, the state registry should feature the newly proposed regulation. For a period of 45 days they are subject to comment and consultation, after which they take effect.
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