Governor Cuomo to Issue Executive Order on Transgender Protections in New York State

October 22, 2015 • 5:30 pm

Regulations serve as immediate fix while legislation remains unfinished

Albany — Today New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to order the New York State Division of Human Rights to extend existing nondiscrimination protections to include transgender people in housing, employment, and public places. An earlier action extended protections to transgender students.

Kasey Suffredini, Freedom for All Americans’ chief programs officer, released the following statement:

“Governor Cuomo has a strong history of fighting for equality for LGBT people and he has continued that leadership today by taking bold action to provide transgender people urgently needed protection from discrimination. This is a critical step in the right direction that the legislature should make permanent through statute. Protection from discrimination is too foundational and important a community value to leave to the discretion of future administrations. The New York legislature must swiftly pass a comprehensive bill that ensures for good that no transgender New Yorker faces discrimination because of who they are.”

Nondiscrimination protections for New Yorkers on the basis of sexual orientation were passed in 2002.

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