Transgender Freedom Riders: The Fight for Transgender Equality in New York State

The Huffington Post
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April 25, 2013

On Tuesday, March 12, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to meet with a group of representatives from Housing Works who, every Tuesday from January to June, travel to Albany, N.Y., to speak with New York state legislators to encourage them to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). It's the transgender civil rights bill that would add gender identity and gender expression to the human rights law in the state of New York. Transgender activist Kiara St. James has been making the trip up to Albany every Tuesday for the past three years. She says that passing GENDA is important to her because she feels it's her duty as a trans woman from New York City, a part of the state that added gender identity as a protected class to the city's human rights law 11 years ago.