Transgender New Yorkers Seek Equality from Albany

The Ditmas Park Patch
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April 16, 2013

The Empire State Pride Agenda is kicking off a quarter-million-dollar ad campaign to push for the state to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that protects transgendered New Yorkers, the Times-Union writes.

The bill, which has languished in the state congress for years, would add "gender expression" to a list of factors in state law — including race and sexual orientation — for which discrimination is expressly prohibited.

Nathan Schaefer, the organization's executive director, said transgender New Yorkers face very real discrimination and he’s hopeful the bill finally will be brought to the floor:

"Transgendered New Yorkers can be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes —they can be denied public accommodation," Schaefer said.