The Empire State Pride Agenda will be pressing legislators to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). This bill is meant to protect transgender and gender non-conformists from discrimination.
New Yorkers will travel to Albany – the state’s capitol – on Pride Agenda’s annual lobby day, April 30, to rally for equality and justice. The Pride Agenda is expected to bring over 700 LGBT activists to demonstrate their support for the bill.
“The New York State Assembly has passed GENDA five times. We’re calling for the State Senate to carry out the will of nearly four fifths of New Yorkers who support this bill and finally pass this law,” Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director, Nathan Schaefer, said in an interview with 429Magazine.
If passed, GENDA will ensure that transgender individuals be specifically protected from discrimination just like any other person in New York.
“The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act is a bill that would outlaw discrimination in New York State based on gender identity or expression, including housing, employment, public accommodations, education and credit. It would protect all New Yorkers from discrimination based on gender expression, but would especially benefit the transgender comment,y” Schaefer said.
“All New Yorkers should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of our state. Through its Human Rights Law, New York prohibits discrimination against groups of citizens who face widespread social hostility and unequal treatment,” states the Pride Agenda’s website.
Several activists are scheduled to speak at Equality & Justice Day’s rally, including Albany’s Chief of Police, Stephen Krokoff and Pride Agenda Executive Director, Nathan M. Schaefer.
“’E&J Day’ [Equality and Justice] will provide the most dynamic opportunity yet for LGBT New Yorkers and their allies to tell their stories directly to legislators and advocate for fair and equal treatment under the law,” states a press release obtained by 429Magazine.