Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Meets in Washington, D.C.

The Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition held a briefing today at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, celebrating the accomplishments made toward protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public spaces.

In addition to a briefing on past and future developments, San Francisco Mayor London Breed was announced as a new co-chair of the coalition.

The coalition boasts over 300 members from 48 states and Puerto Rico. To date, hundreds of cities have passed their own versions of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. The coalition is hopeful that federal legislation will be introduced this year that would implement these protections nationwide.

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New York Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Applaud GENDA Passage

January 15, 2019 by admin

NEW YORK — Today members of Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination who are based in New York issued a joint statement in support of the passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) which passed overwhelmingly in the Assembly and Senate after 16 years of work on the ground by local advocates.

The following statement was issued by Noam Bramson, mayor of New Rochelle, NY; Dr. Don Hammond, mayor of the Village of Nyack, NY; Thomas Roach, mayor of White Plains, NY; and Kathy Sheehan, mayor of Albany, NY:

“In New York, we believe in equal opportunity, treating others fairly, and freedom for all. New York is long overdue in updating our state law to ensure basic protections for transgender residents, and we’re proud that today legislators finished the job. Everyone is welcome in the Empire State, including our transgender friends and neighbors who work hard and contribute to the vibrancy of our communities. With this step forward, New York can continue to be a shining example of inclusion that the rest of the nation should follow.”

GENDA provides explicit protections for transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and education. It was passed in the Assembly today by 100-40 and approved by a vote of 42-19 in the Senate, and now heads to Governor Cuomo for his signature. This makes New York the 20th state in the nation to provide comprehensive and explicit protection for LGBTQ people. New York legislators also passed a ban today that prohibits so-called “conversion therapy” on LGBTQ people.

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a bipartisan coalition of municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive nondiscrimination protections for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, at all levels of government. For a full list of members of the coalition, visit https://mayorsagainstlgbtdiscrimination.org/.

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