June 4th, 2008

Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act Passes New York State Assembly

It's my pleasure to announce that the New York State Assembly passed GENDA, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (A.6584a), yesterday afternoon.

GENDA prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, real or perceived, in housing, employment, credit, and public accommodations. Although New York State passed SONDA, the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, in 2002, protections for the transgender community were stripped from the bill.

It is important to note, however, that before this bill becomes law, it needs to pass the New York State Senate. Still, this is a huge step toward ensuring transgender New Yorkers (and hopefully one day, all transgender people) will be safe in their communities.