TLDEF Urges Cuomo Administration to Adopt New Protections for Transgender New Yorkers

Governor CuomoDecember 22, 2015 - TLDEF yesterday submitted comments to the New York State Division of Human Rights expressing support for new regulations to protect transgender New Yorkers from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit. Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the proposed rules in October with a statement that read in part: “These regulations affirm that all transgender individuals are protected under the State’s Human Rights Law, and all public and private employers, housing providers, businesses, creditors and others should know that discrimination against transgender persons is unlawful and will not be tolerated anywhere in the State of New York.”

Statement from TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman

“This common sense regulation is meant to provide basic protections from discrimination for transgender New Yorkers. We support the broadest possible application of this regulation to protect transgender New Yorkers in keeping with the state’s long tradition of embracing its diversity. With the State Senate’s continued failure to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), the regulations will finally give transgender residents protections that they have been lacking for far too long.

“Once adopted, the regulation will protect transgender people from being fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes and denied basic public services just because of who they are. These protections are long past due and we commend the Governor for making this a priority in the face of continued inaction on GENDA by the Senate. Transgender people in New York continue to suffer and this bold step will help improve their lives moving forward.

“Despite this regulation, we urge state lawmakers to make GENDA a priority, as it would formally add ‘gender identity and expression’ to the text of the existing Human Rights Law, and also expand New York’s hate crimes law to bring transgender people within its scope.”