A proposed pro-transgender rights bill passed the New York State Assembly, and was presented to the New York Senate Monday.
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA, A3358/S7010) would protect transgender New Yorkers under State Human Rights Law, and the hate crimes law.
ACR Health officials said they’re encouraged that the assembly is taking up the discussion, and possibly voting to pass the legislation. But spokesman Elliott Sharrow said his concern is getting the bill through the Republican-led state Senate, which has never seen the legislation come up for a vote.
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“I think over time, there’s been a lot more momentum as far as the need for this. I think there’s been a lot more talk about GENDA and trans people in general, so I think that’s definitely playing to our favor,” Sharrow said.
NEWSChannel 2 contacted the offices of state Sen. Joe Griffo (R-Rome) and state Sen. Jim Seward (R-Milford) to inquire whether either would support the legislation, but have not yet received a statement.
Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, and the counties of Albany, Suffolk, Tompkins and Westchester have already enacted local GENDA laws. Numerous private employers have also adopted policies protecting transgender employees from discrimination, including American Express, Eastman Kodak, and IBM.