LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a tweet: “We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment against transgender people anywhere in New York State—period.” With that, Gov. Cuomo ordered an end to anti-trans discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations in the state of New York via executive order.
Cuomo made the announcement Thursday evening (Oct. 22, 2015) during an Empire State Pride Agenda event. According to The Associated Press, Cuomo made these remarks during the event: “It is clear that the fair legal interpretation and definition of a person’s sex includes gender identity and gender expression. It is intolerable to allow discrimination of transgender individuals, and they are one of the most abused, harassed groups in society today.”
Earlier in the day New York Gov. Andrew Coumo made it known he was going to issue the order after the legislature failed in eight attempts to bring transgender people to equal parity with LGB New Yorkers since the passage of the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act in 1990.
According to Buzzfeed, the governor earlier this year pushed his staff to find means to protect trans people and lawyers in Cuomo’s office found he had the authority to order such rule changes under existing law. Issuing such an order is unprecented, but according to an unnamed staffer who spoke with Buzzfeed, Cuomo wanted to right “a historic wrong against transgender people”.
This is, to borrow a quote from Vice President Joe Biden, a big f**king deal!
Earlier I wrote about Gov. Cuomo requiring insurance companies to provide SRS coverage: https://lexiecannes.com/2014/12/14/new-york-state-nyc-plow-ahead-with-new-transgender-rights/
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