June 14, 2013

The New York Times urged New York lawmakers on Thursday to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a measure to protect transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, credit and public accommodations. Unfortunate title aside (more on that in a minute), the editorial is the latest among recent calls to put the measure — which has bipartisan support in the state Senate and Assembly — to an up-or-down vote before the legislative session ends on June 20. A 2002 state statute barring such discrimination based on sexual orientation does not explicitly extend these protections to transgender men and women; GENDA would close this gap, as the Times notes.