Supporters of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) will convene on the steps of City Hall in New York City on May 22.
Led by the Empire State’s Pride Agenda, New Yorkers and LGBT activists will meet for a press conference to push legislators to pass GENDA.
NYC Council speaker and and the city’s first female and first lesbian mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn, will be in attendance. This bill, if passed, will guarantee transgender individuals basic rights, including employment nondiscrimination and housing security.
In NYC there are no laws against firing or evicting individuals based on their gender expression.
On March 30, 2013, LGBT activists traveled to Albany, the state’s capital, to press legislators to pass this all-inclusive bill. On Wednesday, May 21, at 12:00 p.m., supporters will rally in the heart of the city to push this bill forward.
“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,” The Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director, Nathan Schaefer said in an interview with 429Magazine.
Transgender and gender nonconformist are not protected in New York and face discrimination in the work place, housing, and public accommodations. Laws do not protect transgender individuals from being fired, losing their homes, or by providing access to gender-specific bathroom-accommodations.
“It’s unacceptable that in 2013 any New Yorker risks being fired, evicted or denied public accommodations simply for being who they are. But without GENDA, thousands of New Yorkers live in fear and lack basic civil rights and equal protection under the law,” Schaefer said in a Press Release shared with 429Magazine.
GENDA was passed by the Assembly five times in the last decade, however has stopped at the Senate each time.
GENDA has already passed in 16 states, including Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.
“Albany must listen to the voices of all New Yorkers and finally pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act – this session. Our robust coalition will not rest until all New Yorkers are protected from legal discrimination” said Schaefer.