Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday
announced that new regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers
from discrimination had taken effect.
Cuomo introduced the regulations in
October, marking the first time any governor has issued statewide
regulations to prohibit harassment and discrimination on the basis of
gender identity, according to the governor's office.
“Today we are sending the message
loud and clear that New York will not stand for discrimination
against transgender people,” said Cuomo. “It is intolerable to
allow harassment or discrimination against anyone, and the
transgender community has been subjected to a second-class status for
far too long. This is an issue of basic justice and I am proud that
New York is continuing to lead the way forward.”
Cuomo, a Democrat, directed the State
Division of Human Rights to issue regulations clarifying that a 1945
law which prohibits discrimination based on sex extends to
transgender people. That law prohibits discrimination in employment,
housing, credit and public accommodations.
Legislation to address such issues –
the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act, or GENDA – has
repeatedly stalled in the New York Senate, which is controlled by
HRC said that the move makes New York
the 20th state to explicitly protect transgender people