It is important for transgender people to know that there is an army of smart lawyers and activists who are committed to protecting them and fighting for them. I’ve heard from many people that they feel scared and alone, but they are not alone, especially now.
Leaving out public accommodations in a nondiscrimination bill — particularly at this moment in history where the spotlight is on transgender people in restrooms — is, in effect, leaving transgender people out of the law.
For transgender students nationwide, last month may have seemed bleak. Court decisions handed down in Texas and North Carolina on the rights of transgender students to use the correct restrooms were a bit confusing, to say the least. In response, Lambda Legal has come up with a clear guide to help students and schools cut through the noise – and understand how these decisions affect them.
HB 2 unfairly sets its sight on transgender students, using fear to keep these children from being able to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity and having safe and affirming environments to learn.
This year more than ever, transgender people were the focus of media attention. Transition stories and true and fictional narratives about trans lives exploded into the American consciousness like never before. This is a hopeful development.
Today, news outlets announced that Governor Cuomo has directed the New York State Human Rights Division to issue rules protecting transgender New Yorkers in housing, employment, credit and public accommodations.