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Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act

Why Pride Is Not a Choice, But Necessary to Our Survival

Allison Hope | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

As we pull ourselves back up and wipe off the loss, we are held up by those before us who took to the streets that fateful night at Stonewall and refused to remain victims. We are leap years closer to equal rights because of their brave sweat and tears and we carry on the fight in their honor.

The Time Is Now for Transgender Equality

Eòghann Renfroe | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Eòghann Renfroe

It is time for the New York State Senate to do the right thing and stop transgender New Yorkers from being treated like second-class citizens. It is time for Gov. Cuomo to become an integral part of this historic moment in transgender rights and call for the Senate to bring GENDA to a vote. It is time for GENDA to become law.

Honoring Transgender New Yorkers

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

This summer alone, we saw numerous attacks on trans New Yorkers, including the murder of 21-year-old Islan Nettles in Harlem. We must do more to end this hate.

We're Not Safe Until All LGBT People Are Safe

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Paola moved to New York from Puerto Rico to further her education and make a better life for herself. What she wasn't expecting was the discrimination she encountered.

GENDA: Another Step Toward Full Equality

Hon. Richard Gottfried | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Hon. Richard Gottfried

Would you believe that in 2013, in the progressive state of New York, discrimination is still legal? It's true. One group of New Yorkers can be fired from their jobs, turned away from services and even evicted from their homes -- simply for being who they are: transgender New Yorkers.

When Will Transgender New Yorkers Gain Acceptance in Hospitals?

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

In the state of New York, it is still legal for a doctor to refuse to treat a transgender or gender-nonconforming person. Unfortunately, because New York has yet to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, individuals have no legal recourse to challenge this discrimination.

Puerto Rico's LGBT Movement and the Diaspora

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 07.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Puerto Rico is in the midst of an incredible moment in its history. The momentum around civil rights for our LGBT brothers and sisters has never been stronger.

Transgender Freedom Riders: The Fight For Transgender Equality In New York State

Laverne Cox | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Laverne Cox

On Tuesday, March 12, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to meet with a group of representatives from Housing Works who, every Tuesday from January to June, travel to Albany, N.Y., to speak with New York state legislators to encourage them to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.

Transgender Politics: Michael Long And The New York Conservative Party Are Short On Tolerance

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Steven Kurlander

There's a new law being proposed in Albany, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which calls for protections against discrimination for New York's transgender population. It passed the Assembly last week, but New York's Conservative Party is blocking it in the Senate.

Matt Sledge

Marriage Equality On The Books, But Transgender New Yorkers Still Waiting

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.05.2011 | Gay Voices

Nine years ago gay and lesbian activists made a decision. To get a non-discrimination bill they desperately wanted past New York's state legislature, ...