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/.