On October 24th, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried -- the sponsors of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) -- hosted a public forum on pending legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and break down barriers to equality.
The forum brought together transgender New Yorkers and their families, law enforcement, advocates, and public officials from around the state to testify on the obstacles to equality faced by many transgender individuals, and the potential impact of the Squadron-Gottfried legislation.
It is legal in New York for a person to lose their job or be evicted from their home because of their gender identity (except where local anti-discrimination laws have been enacted). GENDA (S.6349/Squadron - A.5039/Gottfried) would prohibit discrimination against transgender New Yorkers when it comes to housing, employment, credit, and public accommodations, while expanding New York’s hate crime laws to include crimes against transgender individuals.
GENDA has passed the Assembly five times, but has remained stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.
The following is a collection of testimony and resources provided by the forum's participating individuals and organizations.
Empire State Pride Agenda:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA):
Transgender Health Care Provider Directory
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU):
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund:
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA):
Legal Services NYC:
Interfaith Impact of New York State: